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Automatic Voter Registration

The RMV will provide basic information from all license transactions to the Secretary of State’s office for voter registration purposes.

Effective January 1, 2020, the Automatic Voter Registration process will be implemented as part of the Permit, License, or ID transaction for new applications and renewals. Under the requirements of the new state law, the RMV will provide basic information from all license/ID transactions to the Secretary of State’s office for voter registration purposes. The RMV will no longer collect or enter information regarding political party affiliation.

Qualifications

To register to vote in Massachusetts you must be all of the following:

  • A U.S. Citizen

  • A Massachusetts resident

  • At least 18 years old on or before the next election

You can pre-register to vote at 16 years of age.

Voter registration deadlines

To vote in a future election you must register:

  • 20 days before all primaries and elections; and/or

  • 10 days before a special town meeting

More info

You should receive confirmation of your voter status within 2 to 3 weeks of your registration. If you have not received confirmation please contact your local election office.

For more information on the process of voting or political parties/designations, see the Massachusetts Elections Division.

 

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