How Can I Vote?

By Mail / Absentee

  • If you are a registered Massachusetts voter, you may vote absentee if you will be absent from your town or city on Election Day, have a physical disability that prevents you from voting at the polling place, or you cannot vote at the polls because of your religious beliefs.
  • Absentee ballots must be requested in writing. The application can be found at the State's Election Website and mailed or hand-delivered to your city or town hall. The deadline for absentee voting is 12:00 PM Noon the day before the election (except for the September 4th State Primary/Town Preliminary where the deadline will be August 31, 2018 by 5:00 PM due the Labor Day Holiday. More information can be found on our Absentee Ballot page
  • Completed ballots must be received before the polls close.

Early In-person

  • No excuse is required to vote early in-person. Early voting locations differ from your assigned Election Day voting location, so check with your local elections office for times and locations.
  • More information coming soon.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for statewide elections, but some municipalities can open earlier. Contact your local clerk to verify polling hours. If you are in line by the time polls close, you will be allowed to vote.
  • If you decide to vote at the polls after receiving an absentee ballot, you must go to your local clerk, who will issue a certificate permitting you to vote in person.

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1. What are the Official Election Websites?
2. Should I Register at School or Home?
3. How Do I Register?
4. What type of ID Do I Need to Register?
5. What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
6. Where Do I Vote?
7. How Can I Vote?
8. Will registering to vote in Massachusetts affect my driver’s license or car registration?
9. Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your...