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Voting and Elections Guide

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Voting Information for All Massachusetts Voters


As of January 1, 2020, if you are a Massachusetts citizen conducting certain transactions through the Registry of Motor Vehicles, MassHealth, and the Commonwealth Health Connector and you do not opt out of registering to vote, you will automatically become registered to vote.

If you do not opt out of registering, you will automatically be registered to vote when you:

  • Apply for or renew a driver's license
  • Apply for or renew a learner's permit
  • Apply for or renew a state ID
  • Apply for MassHealth benefits online, in person, or by phone.
  • Apply for health insurance through the Commonwealth Health Connector

If you do not wish to be registered to vote, or you do not wish to be registered at the address you use with the RMV, MassHealth, or the Health Connector, you may opt out of registering. Click here for more information on automatic voting.

When you register to vote, you do not have to affiliate with a political party, unless you choose to do so. If you do not affiliate with a party, you are called an unaffiliated voter. 


The Presidential Primary, along with elections for party ward committees, will take place on March 5.

Deadline for registering to vote in this primary is February 24.

Deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is February 27.

Primary Election Day is September 3. 

Deadline for registering to vote in the Primary is August 24.

Deadline for applying for a mail ballot for the primary is August 26.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.

The deadline to register to vote is Saturday, October 26.

Deadline for applying for a mail ballot is October 29.


Request an absentee ballot here.

Am I eligible to vote in Massachusetts? 

  • You must be a United States citizen and a resident of Massachusetts.
  • You must be 18 years old on or before Election Day.
  • You are not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.
  • You may be asked to show ID if there is a question about your identity. See more information here.

What If I Moved Recently?

State law allows voters who have moved within Massachusetts to vote in state elections and primaries from a previous address for up to six months, as long as they have not registered at a new address. If you have moved from one community in Massachusetts to another, and you have not registered to vote at your new address, you may vote at your previous polling place. Please note that this does not apply to local elections.

Are you 16 or 17? You can pre-register to vote

Though you must be 18 years old in order to vote, you may pre-register to vote once you are 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may submit a voter registration form to your local election official, who will then place your name on the list of pre-registrants. You will receive a pre-registration notice by mail, confirming receipt of your application. Pre-registration may be done online, by mail, or in person at any voter registration location (see above).

Once you become old enough to vote, your local election will mail you an acknowledgement notice, which is confirmation that your name has been moved from the list of pre-registrants to the list of registered voters. Your acknowledgement notice will include your party affiliation and the location of your polling place.

It is important to keep your local election official informed of any changes to your information. You must submit a new voter registration form if you wish to change your name, address, mailing address, or political affiliation.


2023 is a municipal election year.  The information below is for the Boston election.  If you live in a municipality that has a city form of government, check with them for details.  Elections for town government have passed.

Preliminary Election Day is September 12.  Only voters in the 3rd (Dorchester,) 5th (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan, and Readville,) 6th (Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury,) and 7th (Roxbury, Grove Hall, and South End) districts will vote in this election.  There will be no early voting.

Deadline for registering to vote in the Primary is September 2.

Deadline for applying for a mail ballot for the primary is September 5.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7.

The deadline to register to vote is Saturday, October 28.

Information on mail in and early voting have yet to be finalized.



Request an absentee ballot here.