Voter Registration Information

DOWNLOAD A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

The Massachusetts Voter Registration Form can be used to register to vote in Massachusetts, to update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address, or to register with a political party.

How can I register to vote?

By Mail:

STEP ONE:
Download the Massachusetts Mail-in Voter Registration Form.

STEP TWO:
Fill out the form.

STEP THREE:
Mail the form to your local election official at least 20 days prior to an election or at least 10 days prior to a special town meeting.

STEP FOUR:
Wait 2-3 weeks to receive a response. If you do not receive a response, follow up with your local election official.  

NOTE: You can also request a form be mailed to you by calling 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE.

In Person: Go to any registration location and complete an affidavit of registration, which must be answered truthfully under the penalty of perjury. The questions on the affidavit will include your name, residence and date of birth. Registration locations include any city or town clerk’s office or elections commission, as well as certain state agencies.

At the Registry of Motor Vehicles: Keep your motor voter receipt until you receive confirmation from your local election official. If you do not receive any confirmation, please contact your local election office to verify your voting status.

Who may register?

Only a person who is:

  • a US citizen, and
  • a resident of Massachusetts, and
  • 18 years old on or before election day (must still meet registration deadlines set forth below).

What must I do if I’ve changed my address since I registered?

If you have moved within the same city or town, notify your local election office of your new address in writing. If you have moved to a new city or town, you must register again in your new city or town.

Can I register to vote before I turn eighteen?

Yes, as long as you will be 18 on or before the next election or town meeting. However, please note that you must still register by the deadline for that meeting or election.

Are there deadlines for registration?

Yes. In order to vote you must be registered:

  • 20 days before all primaries and elections, and/or
  • 10 days before a special town meeting.

Do I need to attach identification to my voter registration form?

Yes, if you are registering to vote for the first time in Massachusetts. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires those who registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003 to show identification when voting for the first time in a federal election.
You may include a copy of your identification with your registration. If you do not include identification with your registration form, or if the identification included is not sufficient, you may be asked to provide identification at your polling place.
Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • 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.

If you send in a copy of your identification with your mail-in voter registration form, it may not be returned to you.
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

What should I do if I registered to vote and I have not heard from my local election official?

If you have NOT received confirmation of your voter status from your city or town election official within 2 or 3 weeks from the date you registered please contact your local election office to verify your voting status.