Any person who is a Massachusetts resident and a United States citizen and will be 18 years old as of the next election is eligible to register to vote.
You must attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are legally eligible to register and that the information you provide is accurate and truthful. The penalty for fraudulent registration is a fine of $10,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both.
The State recently completed work on a new website to provide Massachusetts voters the ability to search for and verify their current voter registration status. This tool is designed to provide up-to-date information on voter registration status and information for voters so they can register to vote.
The State developed this functionality while trying to maintain as much privacy as possible. A voter can verify their voting status by entering their name (as registered), date of birth and zip code. If they are not a registered voter they will instructed on how to register to vote. A recent revision to the State's election laws provides for on-line registration portal which will be implemented before August 2015.
Click on the link below to check your voter registration status:
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, scammers may send messages asking for your Social Security number or financial information supposedly to register you to vote - or to confirm your registration - when they really want to commit identity theft.
PLEASE NOTE: In Massachusetts, when you register to vote, you will be asked to provide either your Massachusetts Driver's License number, OR the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. These are used for verification purposes. YOU SHOULD NEVER BE ASKED TO PROVIDE YOUR FULL SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER BY A LEGITIMATE ELECTION OFFICIAL.
How to Register
You may visit the Town Clerk's Office in Amherst Town Hall and complete a voter registration form in person. Please note that the deadline to register to vote for any election is 20 days before the election, and by 8:00 pm if registering in person.
Online Voter Registration
Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin, has announced that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and more convenient for Massachusetts residents. Please note that online voter registration forms must be executed before midnight, 20 days before the election.
Massachusetts residents can apply online by visiting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Voter Registration page. Any Massachusetts resident who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address, or change their party enrollment.
Massachusetts residents who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign, and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.
Again, it is important to remember that every election has a deadline of 20 days prior to the election by which one must register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in that election.
You may obtain a mail-in voter registration form by:
- Emailing the Town Clerk’s Office
- Requesting one through the State Elections Division
- Calling (800) 462-VOTE
- Online at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm
- Voter registration forms that are mailed in must be postmarked by the last day to register to vote (20 days before each election)
In addition, the state registries of motor vehicles, social service agencies, and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services.
Parties and Political Organizations
When you register, you may choose to become a member of a political party, select a designation for a political organization that has not achieved party status in the state, or choose to become an unenrolled voter (commonly referred to as independent).
Remember that if you register in a party, in a primary election you may only receive a ballot for that party. Unenrolled voters may request any party ballot in a primary election.