Time off for voting
No owner, superintendent or overseer in any manufacturing, mechanical or mercantile establishment shall employ or permit to be employed therein any person entitled to vote at an election, during the period of two hours after the opening of the polls in the voting precinct, ward or town in which such person is entitled to vote, if he shall make application for leave of absence during such period.
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Massachusetts: Voting at the Polls on Election Day
Polling Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
Bring Appropriate identification with you to the polls
Because of a federal law, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 passed by Congress, if you registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, you will be required to show identification when you vote for the first time in a federal election since registering by mail in 2003.
Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote, for example: a current and valid driver's license, photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document showing your name and address.
If you do not provide such identification, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires that you may only cast a provisional ballot which will be counted later, but only after your eligibility to vote has been determined
Additionally, an election officer, authorized to do so by the local election officials, may request any voter to present written identification.The requests must not discriminate in any way and may therefore be: entirely random, consistent, or based on reasonable suspicion. Id. Please note that there is no provision which permits observers to request identification from any voter or even to communicate with voters.
Who Can Register To Vote in Massachusetts
Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.
The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is by 8 p.m. twenty days before the election. When registering by mail, your voter registration form must be postmarked by the deadline for you to be eligible. To register to vote in person, you must appear and register at a registration location by 8:00 p.m. on the last day to register. (Registration sessions will be held in cities and towns on the last day to register from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., except in towns having less than 1500 registered voters, registration sessions will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.)
To register to vote in the State of Massachusetts, an individual must meet the following qualifications
How can I register to vote?
Mail the completed form to your local city or town hall. You should receive a confirmation notice in 2 to 3 weeks. If you do not receive a confirmation notice, or wish to confirm your voter registration status, please contact your local City or Town Clerk to verify your voting status.