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Massachusetts COVID-19 Election Information:
Vote.org Massachusetts Election Center: information and deadlines for absentee voting, early voting, and election day
To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo identification card issued by the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) and a signature on file with RMV.
Online registration form (in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Khmer)
Printable forms (in multiple languages)
Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.
Choosing a political party:
You may choose a political party affiliation when you register, but it is not required.
To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the voter registration form.
Local Election Authorities for each town maintain the voter rolls. To remove someone from a voter roll, contact the local Election Authority.
For online voter registration, a Massachusetts drivers license or state ID is required.
Section 7 requires you to include your driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your social security number on this application. This information will be verified through the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Commissioner of Social Security. If the information cannot be verified or you do not provide this information, you must provide identification either with this application or at your polling location when you go to vote. Sufficient identification includes a copy of a current and valid photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing your name and address.
If you are voting for the first time in a federal election in Massachusetts after registering to vote by mail, you may be required to show identification under federal law. It is recommended that you include a copy of your identification with your mail-in voter registration form; if you choose not to do so, you may be asked for identification when you go to your polling place on Election Day. If you are unable to present identification when you check-in, you may cast a provisional ballot and return later with identification. If you do not return with acceptable identification by close of polls, your ballot cannot be counted.
You may also be asked to show identification if you are on the list of inactive voters or if a poll worker has reasonable cause to request it. If you are not able to present identification in such a situation, you must still be permitted to vote; however, your ballot must be challenged. This means that your name and address, the name and address of the challenger, and the reason for the challenge must be written on your ballot. Your ballot will be cast normally, and will only be re-examined in the case of a recount, court order, or audit.
Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. Examples of acceptable identification include:
In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts, a voter must be prevented from voting at their polling place on Election Day, due to:
Application for Absentee Ballot (English, Spanish, Chinese, Khmer)
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
Federal (even years)
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)
Representative (elected every two years)
State (even years)
Governor’s Council (elected every two years)
Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney General (elected every four years; next election in 2022)
State Senator (elected every two years)
State Representative (elected every two years)
Statewide ballot measures
County (even years)
Register of Probate
Register of Deeds
Clerk of Courts
Election Day is November 3, 2020
Dates of municipal elections can be found in the State Election Calendar
The Elections Division oversees state elections
Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance provides access to candidates’ election committee and Political Action Committee campaign finance filings
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