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How to register to vote

How to register to vote

Want to register to vote in an upcoming election? There are three ways to do it.

Step
1

Before you get started online

You must be a United States citizen and a resident of Massachusetts to vote. You have to be 18 on or before Election Day.

If you’re 18 after the deadline but before Election Day, you can register to vote. You still need to register by the deadline though.

REQUIRED

You must register 20 days before all primaries and general elections. The deadline also applies to when you change your address or political party.

If you moved within Boston — or moved to the City from another part of the state — you'll have to re-register with your new address. There's no residency waiting period in Massachusetts. You can register as soon as you move to your new address.

Step
2

Register to Vote Online

The state online system is the easiest way to register. You can register to vote, make changes to your contact information, and change your party status.

Visit the state’s Voter Registration website. You'll need:

  • a valid driver's license, learner's permit, or State ID, and
  • a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

If you don't have an ID, you can fill out the form online and mail it.

If you have questions about the website, contact the state Elections Division at 617-727-2828.

Step
1

Before you get started by mail

You must be a United States citizen and a resident of Massachusetts to vote. You have to be 18 on or before Election Day.

If you’re 18 after the deadline but before Election Day, you can register to vote. You still need to register by the deadline though.

REQUIRED

You must register 20 days before all primaries and general elections. The deadline also applies to when you change your address or political party.

If you moved within Boston — or moved to the City from another part of the state — you'll have to re-register with your new address. There's no residency waiting period in Massachusetts. You can register as soon as you move to your new address.

Step
2

Complete the Registration Form

You can fill out either one of these forms:

Step
3

Mail your registration to us

Election Department
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Step
1

Before you get started in person

You must be a United States citizen and a resident of Massachusetts to vote. You have to be 18 on or before Election Day.

If you’re 18 after the deadline but before Election Day, you can register to vote. You still need to register by the deadline though.

REQUIRED

You must register 20 days before all primaries and general elections. The deadline also applies to when you change your address or political party.

If you moved within Boston — or moved to the City from another part of the state — you'll have to re-register with your new address. There's no residency waiting period in Massachusetts. You can register as soon as you move to your new address.

Step
2

Complete the registration form

You can fill out either one of these forms:

Forms are also available at Boston City Hall in the Election Department, Room 241.

Step
3

Bring the registration to us

Bring your completed registration to Boston City Hall:

Election Department
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You can also bring your completed form to the City Hall To Go Truck.

Step
4

Or visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will take your completed registration form. Check their website to find a location near you.

Need to Know:
Contact:
Elections
617-635-8683
1 City Hall Square
Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Where to Vote

You have to vote at the place determined by your address. After you register, you'll get a notice with the address for where you'll go to vote. You can check your voting location online. Make sure you are registered to vote at the address you are looking up.

Please remember your ward and precinct number. Some voting locations have more than one precinct.

More info on voting

Absentee ballots

If you’re going to be out of town, you can apply for an Absentee Ballot. You can also vote before Election Day in person at City Hall. You have until 12 p.m. the Monday before the election to vote in person.

Register as an independent

The state doesn't use the term “Independent.” Just check the box for “no party” (unenrolled) instead. You can still vote in the primaries if you’re unenrolled, you just have to declare a party when you check-in on primary day. After the primary, you'll switch back to No Party for future elections.

Political Designations

They’re created when 50 or more registered voters request a change of designation with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Designations are usually based on a certain cause or belief. You can search the Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations.

Recognized political parties

The state recognizes four parties: Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, and United Independent.