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Massachusetts

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

September 6, 2022

Massachusetts Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Received by: August 17, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: September 2, 2022
  • In-person request by: September 2, 2022
  • Online request by: September 2, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received by: September 6, 2022
Early Voting: Begins 11 days before and ends 2 days before Election Day

November 8, 2022

Massachusetts General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Received by: October 19, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • In-person request by: November 4, 2021
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received by: November 8, 2022
Early Voting: Begins 11 days before and ends 2 days before Election Day

Helpful Resources

Register
to vote

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What's on your
ballot

Absentee Voting

You can apply for absentee voting if you are registered to vote and if you will be absent from your city or town on Election Day, if you have a physical disability, or because of religious belief.

See details of absentee voting and download the application here

Absentee By Mail

Your application to vote absentee must be received by your local election official no later than 12 PM on the day before the election you want to vote in. A family member or relative may also apply for you, but be sure to use the appropriate form.

Absentee In Person / Early Voting

Early voting will be available for biennial November state elections only, beginning with the November 8, 2016 election.

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM EST.  

Find your polling location.

 

Voter ID Requirements

For the following reasons you might be asked for a form of identification:

  • 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.

Acceptable IDs have to include your name and address you’re registered to vote at. This includes a driver’s license, state ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, lease, or any other printed ID that includes your name and address.

Click here for more information on voter ID in Massachusetts

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Areas in Massachusetts covered by Section 203 (AANHPI Languages):

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.