Voting is not only a right, but a privilege: voting gives you the opportunity to have a say in the country's future, and make a difference in your communities.


You are eligible to vote in Massachusetts if you are a citizen of the United States, and a Massachusetts resident.


Each precinct in MA has its own polling location: call your local clerk or check to find your location.


Election dates vary by year: see a statewide election schedule for 2008-2016.

Presidential: every 4 years - the Tuesday after the first Monday of November

State: every other year (even numbered years) - November

City: every other year (odd numbered years) - November

Town: varies by town, usually annually between February and June


There are number of ways to register to vote in Massachusetts:

  • By mail: call 1-800-452-VOTE to have a form mailed to you, or download the form online;
  • In person: at any local election office, at the RMV, or at any registration event held in Massachusetts
    • Many colleges, universities, and high schools also have forms available to fill out any time;
  • If you are leaving the state for college, but want to vote in Massachusetts, apply for an absentee ballot online.

Don't know how to vote? Don't worry!

All polling locations in MA have sample ballots & instructions posted, as well as volunteers available to answer any questions.