MassVote’s Top 10 Tips for Voters

From the worthies at MassVote:

1. Know where to go. You may be voting in a different place from previous years. Go to and enter the address where you are registered or call 1-800-462-8683. Don’t vote in the wrong place – your ballot will not be counted.

2. Know how you’ll get there. Will you walk? Take a bus? Drive? Get directions now, not on Election Day.

3. Know who will be with you. All your neighbors are voting, too. Expect a short wait, especially if you vote during morning or evening rush hours. Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

4. Know what to expect. When you walk in, you will be asked for your name and address, and then you will be given your ballot. Take your time to fill it out. When you finish, you will be asked for your name and address again. Then you slide your ballot into the voting machine. That’s it.

5. Don’t be late, be there by 8. If you are in line at 8:00pm, you will be allowed to vote. After 8:00pm, you won’t be able to vote. Don’t take the risk – arrive early.

6. Don’t get fooled by false myths. It doesn’t matter if you have unpaid parking tickets or a criminal record, if you are on probation or on parole, or if you are homeless. Every free, registered citizen has the right to vote in Massachusetts.

7. Bring a friend or your child. No child care? No problem. You can bring most anyone you choose with you into the polls. Bringing your child is a great way to teach them to be responsible.

8. Bring ID. Most people don’t need it, but bring it just in case. Your ID does not need to have a photo, but it does need to show the address where you are registered. A MA license will work, but so will a paycheck, a recent utility bill or a bank statement. Know that if you don’t bring ID, you still have the right to vote.

9. Vote early. If you can’t get to the polls because of illness, disability, or religious belief, or if you’ll be out of town on Election Day, vote absentee. You can vote absentee in person at your city or town hall until noon on Monday.
10. Know your choices. Your ballot will probably be double-sided and have multiple pages. You don’t have to vote in every race – but don’t accidentally miss voting for ballot questions or races that matter to you. You have the right to get up to two replacement ballots if you make a mistake. See your ballot at Learn about the major ballot questions at

Poll workers are there to help. There will be about half a million people voting for the first time. If you need help for any reason, you have the right to get help from the poll workers. If you have any problem voting, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE, the national nonpartisan Voter Assistance Hotline sponsored by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law.


4 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. And if you recently moved...

    I think they left off one of the most important of all tips:

    If you recently moved, and forgot to re-register at your current address, you can still vote at your former address where you were registered to vote. Check for that address to find where that polling place is.

    If you filled out the city/town census after you moved, or updated your drivers license, it’s possible your registration got updated to your new address. Not sure? You can call your city or town’s elections department or town clerk’s office and ask to check if you’re registered at your current address. If you are, you can vote there.

    • Yes

      Though this only applies to people who moved in the last 6 months, but anyone who moved in the June or September of this year should be fine.

    • Not the RMV online

      Updating info with RMV online (e.g., renewing your drivers’ license online) will not update your voter registration address. It should of course — and it does in lots of other states. But not in MA. Here, Motor Voter only works for in-person transactions with state agencies like the RMV, which are increasingly infrequent as more folks do stuff online.

      Great point about the 6th month window, though!

  2. If you neglected your local census...

    …you may find yourself on the inactive list. An ID and a couple of extra minutes to fill out an affidavit will be needed in this case. I speak from personal experience.

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