Voter Registration Information
Anyone can vote who is:
- 18 years or older on Election Day (and who has met registration deadlines detailed below)
- A resident of Massachusetts
- A U.S. citizen
- Not currently incarcerated for a felony
Incarcerated persons who have been convicted of a felony are prohibited from voting for any office (local, state or federal) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Persons who are no longer incarcerated or who are in prison awaiting trial or who have been convicted of a misdemeanor may register to vote.
You must register at least 20 days before all primaries and elections.
To register in person: Go to your city or town hall election department or clerk’s office. You can also register at one of several state offices, including the MA Department of Transitional Assistance, MA Rehabilitation Commission and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. You will be asked to 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.
To register by mail: To obtain a mail-in registration form please call 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE and a form will be sent to you. Or, you can download a MA Voter Registration form at:
Mail the completed form to your local city or town hall. You should receive a confirmation notice in 2 to 3 weeks. If you do not, please contact your local election office to verify your voting status.
If you are registering to vote for the first time in Massachusetts you will need to send in a copy of your identification with your voter registration form. Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote, for example: a current and valid driver’s license, photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document showing your name and address.
Previously registered: Contact your local City or Town Clerk to see if your old registration is still valid. If your address has changed to a new city or town, you must register again. If you have moved within your city or town, you must notify the Election Department.
Non-English speaking: May register to vote. Ask for assistance when registering.
Homeless people: Have the right to vote even if they are living on the street and do not have a street address. The Registration Form has a space for drawing a diagram of the streets where homeless sleep. Call the office of the Secretary of State at 617-727-2828 if problems arise during registration.
Persons in prison who have NOT been convicted of a felony, awaiting trial or convicted of a misdemeanor, can vote by Absentee Ballot and these ballots can be obtained for them by friends or family. For the address, use last place of residence in Massachusetts.