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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