Upcoming Elections in Massachusetts

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

In all state elections and primaries, polling places must be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., though towns are allowed to open as early as 5:45 a.m. Voters who are in line when polls are closed at 8 p.m. must be allowed to vote. For municipal elections, polling hours will vary by city and town. Check with your local election official for polling hours for your municipal election.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.wheredoivotema.com io find your election information. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Massachusetts?

Do you know if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Massachusetts? Click here for more information

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

September 8, 2016 - State Primary Election Day
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment for the State Primaries (in towns with fewer than 1500 voters, registration sessions must be held 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). August 19, 2016
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline - By 12 PM. All requests for absentee ballots must be received by your local election official no later than 12 p.m. on the day before the election for which the ballot is being requested. Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by e-mail; however, the local election official must be able to view the signature of the person requesting the ballot.September 7, 2016
Absentee Ballot Return Deadline - By 8 PMSeptember 8, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General election Day
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment for the General Election (in towns with fewer than 1500 voters, registration sessions must be held 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. October 19, 2016
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline - By 12 PM. All requests for absentee ballots must be received by your local election official no later than 12 p.m. on the day before the election for which the ballot is being requested. Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by e-mail; however, the local election official must be able to view the signature of the person requesting the ballot.November 7, 2016
Absentee Ballot Return By Mail/Email/Online or Fax - By 8 PMNovember 8, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Andover Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Mary T. O'Donoghue - Population(33,201)
    May Mayor Elect takes office 5/11/2015.
  • Brookline Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Neil Wishinsky - Population(58,732)
    May
  • Plymouth Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Kenneth A. Tavares - Population(56,468)
    May
  • Shrewsbury Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: James F. Kane - Population(35,608)
    May
May 10, 2016
  • Falmouth Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Doug Jones - Population(31,531)
    June
June 7, 2016
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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.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

In all state elections and primaries, polling places must be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., though towns are allowed to open as early as 5:45 a.m. Voters who are in line when polls are closed at 8 p.m. must be allowed to vote. For municipal elections, polling hours will vary by city and town. Check with your local election official for polling hours for your municipal election.

You may be asked to show identification at the check-in table for any of the following reasons:

  • You are voting for the first time in Massachusetts in a federal election;
  • You are an inactive voter;
  • You are casting a provisional or challenged ballot;
  • The poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification.

You will not be required to present photo identification. For a full listing of acceptable forms of identification, please see our page on Identification.

Click here for additional information

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Massachusetts does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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