Massachusetts Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 18th (by mail)

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Do First Time Voters Need ID?

yes

Do All Voters Need ID?

no

Complete Massachusetts Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? No
Student ID accepted? No

 

What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • A Massachusetts driver’s license or state ID card
  • A utility bill
  • A government-issued check
  • A paycheck or paystub
  • Any other official document bearing the voter’s name and address
    • Please note that passports, birth certificates, naturalization papers, and student IDs without addresses are not acceptable forms of identification

*The state encourages first time voters to bring identification with proof of MA residency to the polling place, as well.

Massachusetts Student Voter Info

Students who lived in Massachusetts prior to attending school and who wish to establish or keep their Massachusetts voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. Students can register and vote while temporarily attending college in Massachusetts as long as they currently consider this to be their principal address. To have voting residency in Massachusetts you only need to have the intent to make your school address your home for the present, without respect to your “future plans.” The Massachusetts Constitution requires that voters be “inhabitants” and the state’s laws require them to be “residents.” Both terms have been defined to mean domicile.

Massachusetts Ex-Offender Voter Info

Individuals incarcerated for a felony conviction are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.