You may register or pre-register to vote in Massachusetts if you meet all of the critera:
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You are at least 16 years old (note – you may not vote until you are 18)
- You are a resident of Massachusetts
- You are not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.
Note: Individuals who are under a guardianship may register to vote and vote unless their guardianship specifically prohibits it.
If you meet the above requirements, you may register to vote in person, online or by mail.
The deadline to register to vote in any election or regular town meeting is twenty (20) days prior to the date of the election or meeting. The deadline to register to vote in a special town meeting is ten (10) days prior to the special town meeting.
For more info, visit the State Voter Registration webpage.
If you are unsure of your registration status, the state webpage: Find My Voter Registration Status will provide your information. With a name, birth date and zip code, the system will return complete registration details, including whether an ID will be required, your party enrollment, and your polling location, as well as your elected officials.
Register In Person
If you would like to register in-person, you may do so at any local election office (typically the Town Clerk’s office), as well as the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. Voter registration is also available as part of every transaction at the Registry of Motor Vehicles and at certain public assistance agencies. Voter registration forms completed in-person are valid as of the day that they are signed.
In order to register to vote online, you must have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. If you currently have a Massachusetts driver’s license or state ID card ( non-driver ID issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles), you may use the online voter registration application to register, update your address, or change your party affiliation. Voter registration forms submitted online must be submitted by midnight on the date of the voter registration deadline.
If you do not have a drivers license, you may apply for a Mass ID, however, you will have to print documents – it is not a totally online process.
Register by Mail
To register by mail, download the voter registration form (PDF). The form must be completed, signed, and delivered to your local election official. Voter registration forms submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the voter registration deadline.
Motor Voter Registration
You can register to vote or update your voter registration information when you apply for, renew, or request a duplicate driver’s license and have filled out the appropriate “Voter Registration” section of the form. For more information, visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles website.
Unless a guardianship specifically prohibits the person under guardianship from voting, people with guardians can register and vote. FYI: Guardianships which prohibit voting are uncommon.