Polling places must be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., but some may open earlier.
Voters in line when the polls close at 8 p.m. must be allowed to vote.
You may be asked to show identification when you check-in at your polling place if:
you are voting for the first time in Mass. in a federal election
you are an inactive voter
you are casting a provisional or challenged ballot, or
a poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request your identification.
You aren't required to show a photo ID. You can learn more about acceptable identification on the state's website.
Registered voters can use an absentee ballot if:
- they’re going to be out of town during polling hours on Election Day
- they have a physical disability and can't get to the voting location, or
- they can't vote at the polls because of their religious beliefs.
Non-registered voters can use an absentee ballot if:
- they are a Massachusetts citizen, but they won’t be in the state
- they are an active member of the military (this includes their spouses or dependents), or
- they are in prison or jail on a non-felony conviction.
If you feel that your right to vote has been violated in any way, call the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Elections Division at 1-800-462-8683.