Upcoming Elections in Massachusetts

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

September 8,2016 - State Primary Election Day
Voter Registration Ends: 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: 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 : Absentee Ballot Return Deadline - By 8 PM September 8,2016
November 8,2016 - General election Day
Voter Registration Ends: 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: 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 deadline : Absentee Ballot Return By Mail/Email/Online or Fax - By 8 PM November 8,2016

Can I Take 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.

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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

Am I eligible To Vote in Massachusetts?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in Massachusetts

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in Massachusetts?

Do you know how or where to register to vote in Massachusetts? Click here for more information

What's on Massachusetts ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Massachusetts?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Massachusetts

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if Massachusetts if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Massachusetts?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Massachusetts? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote

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