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Massachusetts

Population

6,892,503

Voting-Age Pop.

4,964,686

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 61 %
Trump 33 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 24, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Voting by mail is available for all elections in 2020. You do not need an excuse to vote by mail this year.

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  • No, residents of Massachusetts must register to vote by mail for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Massachusetts must register to vote by mail for the general election.

Application must be received by: Oct 28 Chevron Icon

  • To ensure timely delivery of your ballot, it is recommended that you submit your application for a November ballot no later than Oct 20. 


    Applications received after Oct 28 cannot be accepted.

Application must be received by: Oct 28

To ensure timely delivery of your ballot, it is recommended that you submit your application for a November ballot no later than Oct 20. 


Applications received after Oct 28 cannot be accepted.

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  • At this time, the Massachusetts secretary of state website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


    If you have further questions about voting by mail, please call your local election office.

When will I receive my ballot?

At this time, the Massachusetts secretary of state website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


If you have further questions about voting by mail, please call your local election office.

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  • State election ballots need to be postmarked no later than Nov 3 and must be back at your local election office no later than Nov 6.

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State election ballots need to be postmarked no later than Nov 3 and must be back at your local election office no later than Nov 6.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee in 2020.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee in 2020.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Early voting is available by mail and in person to all registered voters. No excuse is required.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

For all 2020 elections, the deadline to register to vote will be 10 days before the date of the election.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

You may be asked to show identification when you checkin at your polling place for any of the following reasons: You are voting for the first time in Massachusetts in a federal election; you are an inactive voter; you are casting a provisional or challenged ballot; the poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification. Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - sec.state.ma.us

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Driver's License or State-issued ID Card

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  • Recent Utility Bill

  • Rent Receipt or Lease

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  • Copy of Voter Registration Affidavit

  • Other Printed Identification

    Which contains the voter's name and address


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Covid-19 Voting

Voting resources regarding Covid-19 are developing.

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