Massachusetts

about this state

Massachusetts! You’ve changed our lives for the better! Dunkin’ Donuts, basketball, Matt Damon (and Ben Affleck too, though we’ll let that slide). But now you can give us something even more important: your vote! This year is the most impactful election of our lifetime and your voice is needed now more than ever. So this Election Day, go Pahk Yah Cahr outside your polling place and vote vote vote! Here’s some info to help you out.

be a voter

Key Dates

Oct 29

Voter Registration Deadline

Oct 22 – Nov 4

Early Voting Period

Oct 20

Recommended Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request By Date

Nov 1

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 8

Election Day, Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline

Massachusetts Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to votesaveamerica.com/be-a-voter to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you so you don't fuck it up.

    Register here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

    Register here
  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! All Mass voters are now eligible to vote by mail. Vote by Mail applications were recently mailed to every registered voter living in Massachusetts. If you have not received an application, you should request one.

    If you are a Massachusetts resident and U.S. citizen living overseas or if you are an active duty member of the Armed Services serving overseas or their family member, you may vote by absentee.

    The deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is November 1st but to be safe, we recommend you request your ballot by October 20.

    Vote By Mail Detials Absentee Request Details
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! You can vote early between October 22nd and November 4th. To vote early in person, visit an early voting site in your city or town during the early voting period. Early voting schedules and locations for the November 8, 2022 State Election will be available at least 5 days before the start of the early voting period, which begins on October 22.

    Remember that early voting may not be available in your city or town on every day of the early voting period. Check your community's schedule when available to make a plan to vote.

    Early Voting Details
  • Do I need an ID?

    Ok, so if you completed your registration in the past and have voted before, you're all set. If you're a first-time voter, you haven't voted recently, you're casting a provisional ballot, or a poll worker asks you for one, you may need to show ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a drivers license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, a copy of your lease, a copy of a voter registration affidavit, or any printed ID which includes your name and address. Get the full details from VoteRiders.

    Get the ID Details
  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee/by mail, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, polling place hours vary by municipality. You can find the polling place closest to you here.

    Find Your Polling Place

since you last voted…

Since 2020, it’s gotten easier to cast your ballot in Massachusetts. Here are the changes you need to pay attention to:

When registering to vote…

  • The voter registration deadline has been moved back ten days, and is now ten days before Election Day (so, Saturday the 29th – but get it in earlier anyways.) 

When making a plan to vote…

  • Early voting is now available for ALL elections, not just general elections in November.
  • Weekend early voting is now a thing. Check your municipality for the dates and details.
  • Early voting now starts six days earlier, beginning on October 22, 2022.
  • No-excuse absentee voting is now available for ALL elections, not just general elections in November.
  • The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot has been pushed back one day. It’s now Tuesday, November 1.
  • You can submit your vote by mail ballot application online!
  • Eligible incarcerated voters are now able to vote by mail.

Resources

  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

    Learn More
  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

    Learn More