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Voter Registration in Massachusetts

Attention: Voter information and identification requirements may change prior to an election. Please check with the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website to make sure you have the most current information.

Voter Registration in Massachusetts

There are several ways you can register to vote in Massachusetts or update your MA voter registration.

The state offers voter registration by mail and in person at Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) offices and other locations.

You can also register to vote online using the Massachusetts online voter registration system.

Residents of MA living overseas can register to vote through the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.

Read below for more information about MA voter registration.

Voter Eligibility in Massachusetts

You are eligible to register to vote in MA if you are:

  • A citizen of the U.S.
  • A resident of Massachusetts.
  • At least 18 years old (or will be 18 years old by Election Day).

Register to Vote in Massachusetts

Once eligible, you can register to vote:

  • In person.
  • By mail.
  • Online.

In Person

You can register to vote in person at:

  • A local MA election office (see below).
  • Any voter registration event in Massachusetts.
  • A MA RMV office when you apply for you your MA driver's license.
    • If registering at an RMV office, keep your receipt until you get confirmation from your local election official. If you do not receive your confirmation, contact your local election office to make sure you're registered.

When registering to vote in person, you'll fill out an affidavit of registration. You must answer all questions truthfully.

Massachusetts Election Office

City and town election offices provide several services. You can:

  • Get a voter registration form.
  • Register to vote.
  • Send them your mail-in registration form.
  • Inquire about your voter registration status.

Offices are located throughout Massachusetts.

By Mail

To register to vote by mail:

* In addition to downloading the mail-in registration form, you can also:

  • Request a copy be mailed to you by calling (617) 727-2828 or (800) 462-8683.
  • Obtain one from any high school, vocational school, college, or university.

Your confirmation notice will be ailed to you. If you do not received it, reach out to your local election office to confirm your voting status.

Online

You can register online using the state's Online Voter Registration System. In order to register to vote this way in MA, you must have:

  • A valid driver's license or learner's permit issued by Massachusetts.
  • OR
  • A valid non-driver ID card issued by the state.
  • AND
  • Have your signature on record at the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles.

This page can also be used for several other functions regarding the voter registration process, including:

  • Changing your name or address for voter registration purposes.
  • Establishing or changing your political party affiliation.

Proof of Identification

If you are registering to vote for the first time in MA, you must attach a proof of ID to your voter registration form. (Copies are accepted, and items may not be returned.)

Please see instructions of what is identification is acceptable on the instruction portion of the form.

NOTE: If you neglect to provide proof of ID when required, you can only submit a provisional ballot. It will be counted later AFTER your eligible voter status has been confirmed.

MA Voter Registration Deadlines

In order to vote and/or attend special town meetings, you must complete your Massachusetts voter registration before a primary, election, or meeting.

The registration deadlines depend on the election type:

  • 20 days before an upcoming primary or election.
  • 10 days before a special town meeting.

Out-of-State and Military Voter Registration

If you are a Massachusetts resident but you are overseas or attending school in another state, you can still register to vote in MA.

Military and Overseas Residents

You can register to vote using the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (Form 76) if you are:

  • A military member OR military dependent.
  • A U.S. citizen who is overseas.

The FPCA can be submitted:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • By e-mail.
  • By fax.

Online

You can complete the FPCA online on the Federal Voting Assistance Programwebsite.

By Mail, E-mail, or Fax

To send your FPCA by mail, e-mail, or fax:

College Students

If you're a college student attending school in another state, you can either:

  • Register to vote in your home state.
    OR
  • Register in the state where you attend school.

You should register from the address you consider your residence. For example, if Massachusetts is your permanent residence, register in MA.

If you registered in your home state, you can request that the state mail you an absentee ballot. Visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles website for more information on requesting an absentee ballot.

NOTE: You cannot register to vote in multiple states.

Changing Your MA Voter Registration

You can easily make changes to your voter registration, including changing your:

  • Address.
  • Name.
  • Political party affiliation.

Change Your Address

When you move within the state of Massachusetts, you must notify your local election office:

  • In writing, if you move within a town or city.
  • By completing a new registration application, if you move to a new town or city.

Please see “Register to Vote in Massachusetts" above for more information about registering to vote.

Change Your Name or Other Details

You have to complete a new voter registration application to change your:

  • Name.
  • Party affiliation.
  • Other information.

Please read the “Register to Vote in Massachusetts" section above to learn more about registering to vote.

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