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Massachusetts: Voter Guide
Voting Information // Massachusetts

Automatic voter registration

Online voter registration

Pre-registration before turning 18

Number of days prior to election a voter must be registered is 15 days or less

Online voter registration closes 15 days or less before Election Day

Registration drives

Same day registration offered in all elections

Same day registration located at polling place

Same day registration offered only during early voting


All mail voting

In-person early voting

Amount of early voting days is higher than 7

Election day is a state holiday

No-excuse mail voting

12+ hours of open polls

Paid time off work to vote

Time off work to vote


Felons can vote after incarceration with completion of sentence

Felons can vote immediately after incarceration

Felons can vote while incarcerated

No ID required to vote

Mental competency not required to register

Non-photo ID required to vote

Photo-ID required to vote

Upcoming Elections

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Voting Qualifications

Not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction
Not be under guardianship with respect to voting
Not have been convicted of corrupt practices in respect to elections
Resident of Massachusetts
United States Citizen
18+ Years of Age


In Person - 
20 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Postmarked 20 days before Election Day
Online - 
20 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Application to request absentee ballot due 1 day before Election Day (7 days recommended)
Mail - 
Voted ballot due by close of polls on Election Day
In Person - 
Between 4 and 15 days before Election Day

More Information

Members of political parties may vote only in their own party's primary elections. Unenrolled voters (commonly referred to as "Independents") and members of political designations or minor parties may vote in the party primary of their choice. Choosing to vote in a particular party's primary does not enroll you as a member of that party.

You may vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts if:

  • You will be absent from your city or town on Election Day.
  • You have a physical disability that prevents you from voting at the polling place.
  • You cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs
  • You are confined in a correctional facility or jail on something OTHER than a felony charge

Generally, a voter must be registered in order to vote absentee, though several exceptions exist: Those outside of Massachusetts, prisoners, and members of the armed forces or merchant marine, or their spouses or dependents, do not need to be registered in order to vote absentee.

You may need to show ID if one of the following applies to you:

  • You’re voting for the first time in Massachusetts
  • You registered by mail and are voting for the first time
  • Your registration status is inactive because you haven’t voted recently
  • The poll worker has some reasonable suspicion that leads them to request ID
  • You have to complete a provisional or challenged ballot at the polls

If asked to show an ID to a poll worker, you may show one of the following documents that show your name and address:

  • A Massachusetts driver’s license
  • A Massachusetts-issued ID
  • A recent utility bill
  • A signed lease
  • A rent receipt
  • A copy of a voter registration affidavit
  • Any other printed identification which contains the voter's name and address