How to Register to Vote in Massachusetts

Don’t forget about absentee ballots: if you are going to be traveling or otherwise challenged on election day, get your form and apply for an absentee ballot right here.

the 2012 Voter Registration Deadlines

Election Type

Election Date

Voter Registration Deadline*

Presidential Primary Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Wednesday, February 15, 2012
State Primary Thursday, September 6, 2012 Friday, August 17, 2012
State Election Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Wednesday, October 17, 2012

* When registering by mail, your voter registration form must be postmarked by the deadline for you to be eligible. To register to vote in person, you must appear and register at a registration location by 8:00 p.m. on the last day to register. (Registration sessions will be held in cities and towns on the last day to register from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., except in towns having less than 1500 registered voters, registration sessions will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.)

Mail-in registration forms are widely available. You may use our Voter Registration Form request feature to obtain a mail-in registration form or call 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE and a form will be sent to you or you can download a National Voter Registration form.

Mail the completed form to your local city or town hall. You should receive a confirmation notice in 2 to 3 weeks. If you do not receive a confirmation notice, or wish to confirm your voter registration status, please contact your local City or Town Clerk to verify your voting status.


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