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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.

2014 Important Events Calendar

June 2014 Dates
Filing deadline for primary Ballot accessJune,3,2014 -
August 2014 Dates
Independent Filing deadline for General ElectionAugust,26,2014 -
September 2014 Dates
Congressional PrimarySeptember,9,2014
November 2014 Dates
November General Election DayNovember,4,2014
Massachusetts: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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

  • The minimum hours polls are open are set by state law, although city council and town selectmen actually set the hours in conjunction with these statutes and local ordinances and by-laws.
  • For state elections and city elections, polling locations must be open at least thirteen hours and for town elections, polling locations must be open at least four hours.
  • For state primaries, polling locations must be open at least thirteen hours.
  • For certain city preliminaries, the polling locations must be open at least six hours.

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.

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