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Massachusetts

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MA

Massachusetts Polling Place Hours

For all elections, except local elections, the polls must be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Some polling places may open earlier than 7:00 am. If you are in line at the polls by 8:00 pm, you are entitled to vote. For the polling hours in a local election please contact your local election officials.

Massachusetts Registration Deadline

You can now register online! If you have a valid driver's license, learner's permit or non-driver ID issues through the Massachusetts RMV you can register using this page. If you do not have these forms of ID you can still use this page to fill out your form, print and mail the application to the appropriate election official.

You must register to vote at least 20 days before an election, 10 days before a special town meeting.

Massachusetts Provisional Voting

You may cast a provisional ballot if you run into the following situations at the polls.

Your name is not on the list. If you believe you're registered to vote, are at the correct polling place but your name does not appear on the voting list. You can ask the poll worker to contact the city or town hall to confirm your registration. If your registration is not verifiable, you may cast a provisional ballot.

Massachusetts ID Needed for Voting

If you are voting for the first time in MA in a federal election, are an inactive voter or are casting a provisional or challenged ballot, you may be asked to provide ID at the polls. You are also required to show an ID if you're voting for the first time in MA after registering by mail and did not include a copy of your ID in your mailed in registration form.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

Massachusetts Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Massachusetts ID Needed for Voter Registration

You must attach identification to your voter registration form if you are registering to vote for the first time in Massachusetts. If you registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, you will be required to show identification when you vote for the first time in a federal election. However, you can also 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. Examples include:

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The voting systems used in Massachusetts are optical scan and hand counted paper ballots.

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Polling places must be accessible to elderly and disabled voters. Federal law required polling places be accessible by 1986. If you are permanently physically disabled and cannot cast your vote at the polling place, you may file a letter from your physician with your city or town clerk, stating that you are permanently unable to cast your vote at the polling place because of physical disability. A completed application for an absentee ballot for you to sign and return will be mailed to you by the city or town clerk at least 28 days before every primary and general election.

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