Voting in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts will permit online voter registration and early voting beginning in 2016. Most voters in Massachusetts are not required to present a valid form of identification at the polls.

For full information about voting in Massachusetts, contact the state election agency.


Massachusetts utilizes a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote in the primary election. They may choose which party ballot they wish to vote on and still remain unaffiliated.[1]

To vote in Massachusetts, you must be:[2]

  • a US citizen, and
  • a resident of Massachusetts, and
  • 18 years old on or before Election Day[3]

—Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

When and where

The deadline for registration is 20 days prior to the election. A voter can register to by mailing a form to the local election official or registering in person at any registration office or the Registry of Motor Vehicles. A form of identification is required to register. The following are acceptable:[2]

  • Current and valid driver’s license;
  • State issued identification card;
  • Current utility bill;
  • Bank statement;
  • Paycheck;
  • Government check;
  • Any other government document showing your name and address.[3]

—Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of April 2015, Massachusetts is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Most voters in Massachusetts are not required to present identification at the polls. Only first-time voters who registered by mail are required to do so. Valid forms of identification include both photo and non-photo identification.[4]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Massachusetts, most polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. However, municipalities may open their polls as early as 5:45 a.m.[5]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on election day because you:[6]

  • will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
  • have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place, and/or
  • cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.[3]

—Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


To vote absentee, a request must be received by noon on the day before the election. The ballot must then be returned by the close of polls on Election Day.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Beginning in 2016, all voters will be entitled to vote early in general elections. The state will also permit voting by mail.[7]

2014 developments

On May 22, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill to significantly overhaul the state's voting laws. The legislation allows for no-excuse early voting to take place beginning 11 days before an election. The legislation will also create an online voter registration system. The law will go into effect in 2016.[8][9][7]

Election policy ballot measures

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See also: Elections and campaigns on the ballot and List of Massachusetts ballot measures

Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Massachusetts.

  1. Massachusetts Absentee Voting Due to Physical Disability, Question 4 (1944)
  2. Massachusetts Ballot Campaign Finance Regulation Initiative, Question 1 (1994)
  3. Massachusetts Campaign Expenditures Question (1974)
  4. Massachusetts Campaign Finance Reform Initiative, Question 2 (1998)
  5. Massachusetts Candidate Nomination Procedures, Question 2 (1932)
  6. Massachusetts Candidate Television and Radio Time Advisory, Question 6 (1990)
  7. Massachusetts Fusion Voting Initiative, Question 2 (2006)
  8. Massachusetts Governor and Lieutenant Governor on Same Ticket, Question 1 (1966)
  9. Massachusetts Mail-In Voter Registration, Question 6 (1986)
  10. Massachusetts Political Parties and Nominations Initiative, Question 4 (1990)
  11. Massachusetts Residential Requirement for Voting, Question 2 (1970)
  12. Massachusetts Special Elections for Constitutional Offices, Question 3 (1948)
  13. Massachusetts Taxpayer Funding for Political Campaigns Advisory, Question 3 (2002)
  14. Massachusetts U.S. President and Vice-President Term Commencements, Question 3 (1932)
  15. Massachusetts Voter Qualification for State Offices, Question 1 (1924)

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