Voting is a fundamental right and responsbility of all US citizens. Affecting change begins at the ballot box. If we want elected officials that make the environment a priority, we must elect pro-enviroment candidates. Make sure you are registered and Vote!
Who may register?
Only a person who is:
- a US citizen, and
- a resident of Massachusetts, and
- 18 years old on or before election day
In order to vote you must be registered:
- 20 days before all primaries and elections, and/or
- 10 days before a special town meeting.
How can I register to vote?
By Mail: Mail-in registration forms are widely available. To obtain a mail-in registration form please click here, or call 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE and a form will be sent to you. 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, please contact your local election office to verify your voting status.
In Person: Go to any registration location and complete an affidavit of registration, which must be answered truthfully under the penalty of perjury. The questions on the affidavit will include your name, residence and date of birth.
At the Registry of Motor Vehicles: Keep your motor voter receipt until you receive confirmation from your local election official. If you do not receive any confirmation, please contact your local election office to verify your voting status.
You may vote by absentee ballot if you:
- will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
- have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place, and/or
- cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.
How can I apply for an absentee ballot?
Apply in writing to your city or town clerk or election commission and include your:
- address as registered,
- ward and precinct (if you know them),
- address where you wish the absentee ballot sent,
- in a primary, the party ballot you want, and
- your signature.
There is an application form available at your local election office or by downloading one of the applications below. You may also make application by letter or note. Whichever method you choose, the application must be made in writing and signed.
Absentee Ballot Applications...
If you do not have a pdf reader, please download and install Acrobat Reader in order to view and print the following applications.
Absentee Ballot Application (PDF, 440k)
Peticion de Voto en Ausencia (PDF, 452k)
For more information about voting in Massachusetts go to Elections Division.