Voter registration deadlines looming for state primaries and general election


Wednesday, August 15 is the last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment for the State Primaries that will be held on Tuesday, September 4. The last day to register for the General State Election on Tuesday, November 6, is Wednesday, October 17.

According to Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office, people can register from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on those days.  In towns with fewer than 1,500 voters, registration sessions must be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on those same days.

You can also register to vote online.

In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts, a voter must be prevented from voting at their polling place on Election Day, due to:

  • Absence from the voter’s city or town on Election Day; or
  • Physical disability; or
  • Religious belief.

Early voting is available for biennial state elections. The next election for which early voting will be available is the November 6, 2018 State Election.

Be sure to check with your city or town clerk’s office or election commission to verify your voting status or to register to vote.  Also, check to find out where you go to vote in your community.

For more information on voting  and elections in Massachusetts, click here.

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