2018 Information For Voters

How to Register to Vote

Who may register?

You may submit a voter registration form if you are:

  • a U.S. citizen, and
  • a resident of Massachusetts, and
  • at least 16 years old, and
  • not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction.

Pre-registering to Vote

While you must be 18 years old in order to vote, you may pre-register to vote if you are at least 16 years old. If you would like to pre-register, you may submit a voter registration form to your local election official. Your local election official will add you to the list of pre-registrants who will become registered voters upon turning 18. You will be notified by mail when you become eligible to vote.

Please note that you will only be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2018 State Election if you will be 18 years old on or before that date. If you will be turning 18 by Election Day, you must register by the October 17, 2018 deadline for registering to vote – even if your birthday falls after the deadline.

When to register

There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote. As soon as you consider your address your “home,” you may register to vote from that address. Please remember that any time you move, you must re-register. If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home.

The deadline to register to vote for the November 6th State Election is October 17th. Your mail-in voter registration form must be postmarked by October 17, 2018 for you to be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2018 State Election.

How to register

Online: If you have a Massachusetts driver's license or other identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, you may submit your application online at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. Online voter registration forms must be submitted before midnight on October 17th in order for you to be eligible to vote on November 6th.

In Person: Go to any registration location, such as your city or town hall, and complete an affidavit of registration. Local election offices must be open for voter registration until 8 p.m. on October 17, 2018.

By Mail: Mail-in registration forms are widely available. A mail-in registration form is enclosed with this booklet. To obtain additional mail-in registration forms please visit our website at www.sec.state.ma.us/ele to download a form or call 1-800-462-VOTE (8683). Mail the completed form to your local city or town hall.

At the Registry of Motor Vehicles: You may complete a voter registration application while applying for or renewing a driver’s license. Check your Motor Voter receipt before you leave—it will indicate whether or not you registered to vote. Keep your Motor Voter receipt until you receive confirmation from your local election official.

Changing your address

If you have moved, you must register again. You may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home. You may update your registration by submitting a new form online, by mail, or in person at any voter registration location. Any changes must be made by the October 17th deadline to register to vote.

Confirmation of Voter Registration

No matter how you register, you should receive confirmation of your registration from your local election official within 2-3 weeks. If you do not receive your notice in the mail, please contact your local election office to verify your voting status. You may also confirm your voter registration status on our website at www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.