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2018 Election calendar

Last updated: 5/15/18

2018 Election calendar

We have information on the Massachusetts state primary and state election below. We also have information on nomination papers, signatures, and more.

Still have questions? Contact:
Election
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
United States

State election dates

Event Date
LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE
 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018: 9 A.M. - 8 P.M.
State primaries
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Last day to register to vote
Wednesday, October 17, 2018: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
State Election
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Deadline Dates

Events Deadline dates
Nomination papers must be available

They may be released earlier; check with Elections Division.

Party and nonparty candidates for district and county offices

February 13, 2018

Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

February 13, 2018

Non-Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

February 13, 2018

Enroll or un-enroll

Last day for a person running in a state primary to enroll in a party, or for a person running only in a state election to un-enroll from a party (except newly registered voters).

Party and nonparty candidates for district and county offices

February 27, 2018

Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

March 6, 2018

Non-Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

March 6, 2018

Submit nomination papers

Last day and hour to submit nomination papers to Registrars of Voters for certification of signatures.

Party and nonparty candidates for district and county offices

May 1, 2018: 5 p.m.

Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

May 8, 2018: 5 p.m.

Non-Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

July 31, 2018: 5 p.m.

Certification of signatures

Last day and hour for Registrars of Voters to complete certification of signatures.

Party and nonparty candidates for district and county offices

May 22, 2018: 5 p.m.

Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

May 29, 2018: 5 p.m.

Non-Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

August 21, 2018: 5 p.m.

Review of non-certified signatures

Last day and hour for candidates to apply for review of non-certified signatures.

Party and nonparty candidates for district and county offices

May 24, 2018: 5 p.m.

Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

May 31, 2018: 5 p.m.

Non-Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

August 23, 2018: 5 p.m.

Review of non-certified signatures

Last day and hour for Registrars of Voters to complete review of non-certified signatures.

Party and nonparty candidates for district and county offices

May 25, 2018: 5 p.m.

Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

June 4, 2018: 5 p.m.

Non-Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

August 27, 2018: 5 p.m.

File nomination papers

Last day and hour to file nomination papers (including enrollment or voter registration certificate and Ethics Commission receipt) with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Party and nonparty candidates for district and county offices

May 29, 2018: 5 p.m.

Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

June 5, 2018: 5 p.m.

Non-Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

August 28, 2018: 5 p.m.

Withdrawals of or objections to nomination papers

Last day and hour to file withdrawals of, or objections to, nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Party and nonparty candidates for district and county offices

June 1, 2018: 5 p.m.

Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

June 8, 2018: 5 p.m.

Non-Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

August 31, 2018: 5 p.m.

Fill vacancies

Last day and hour to fill vacancies caused by withdrawals. 

Party and nonparty candidates for district and county offices

June 6, 2018: 5 p.m.

Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

June 13, 2018: 5 p.m.

Non-Party candidates for federal and statewide offices

September 6, 2018: 5 p.m.

Last day to register for State Primaries

Last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment for the State Primaries. In towns with fewer than 1,500 voters, registration sessions must be held 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018