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Election 2020

Registering to Vote

Massachusetts does not offer day-of voter registration, you must be properly registered before the deadline to vote in the upcoming elections.

You can register to vote online at the MA Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. Click here to visit the MA online vote registration portal.

If you don't qualify or don't wish to register to vote online, you can register to vote by mail or in person. Click here to find out more about registering to vote by mail or in person. 

Not sure if you're registered to vote? Click here to check your voter registration status. 

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts has taken actions to make voting safe and accessible for MA voters during the 2020 elections. This includes extending the voter registration deadline. MA voters must be registered to vote 10 days before the election. 

Voter Registration Deadlines 

Upcoming Election Deadline to register to Vote Deadline to apply to vote by mail
2020 General Election / November 3, 2020 Saturday October 24, 2020 8:00PM EDT October 28, 2020

Voting in Massachusetts

To vote in Massachusetts you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a Resident of Massachusetts
  • Be 18 years old on or before Election Day
  • Be registered to vote

What do I need to register to vote?

You are required to provide a form of identification to register to vote in Massachusetts. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Valid driver's license
  • State-issued identification card
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paystub

Where do I vote?

Click here and enter your address to find you polling place

When do I vote?

  • Polling places will be open from 7am to 8 pm on election day. Some cities and towns may expand voting hours.
  • If you are in line when the polls close, you will be allowed to vote
  • If you requested an absentee ballot but decide to vote in person, you must go to your local election office to request a certificate permitting you to vote in person

Will I need to present ID to vote?

Generally, you do not need to present ID to vote in Massachusetts. Exceptions include:

  • You are voting for the first time in Massachusetts in a federal election
  • You are casting a provisional or challenged ballot
  • The poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification (generally if there is a mismatch between the information you give and the information the poll worker has in front of them)

What if I won't be able to get to the polls on election day?

You can vote by absentee ballot or vote early in-person.

To vote by mail:

  • Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts has taken action to make it safer to vote this year. For the 2020 election (the state primary and the general election), any MA voter can request a vote-by-mail ballot. 

To vote early in-person

  • Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts has mandated the expansion of early voting for the 2020 election. 
  • Early voting is available to all MA voters. Early voting will be available in at least one location in your city and town.
  • No excuse is required to vote early. Any eligible and registered voter may vote early for any reason
  • Find more information about voting early at:t 

(From MA Secretary of State Elections Division)

Voting as a Student

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Massachusetts affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Registering to vote in Massachusetts makes you a resident for the purposes of your driver’s license and vehicle registration. If you drive your vehicle in Massachusetts, you have 30 days from when you register to vote to register your vehicle and get a Massachusetts driver’s license. For more information, contact the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles.

(From Campus Voter Project)