- Do I have to register again if my address has changed?
- How can I register online?
- Who can register to vote in Massachusetts?
- What is a Specially Qualified Voter?
- What is a Permanently Disabled Voter?
- How can someone who’s survived domestic violence keep their current address private?
- What should this person list as his or her home address?
- Can someone who is homeless register and vote?
Yes, you must fill out a new voter registration form every time you move. State law does allow you to vote from a previous address in a state election for up to six months after you have moved, as long as you have not registered elsewhere.
In order to register to vote online, you must have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. If you currently have a Massachusetts driver's license or state ID card, you may use the online voter registration application online voter registration application to register, update your address, or change your party affiliation. You can find the link here
You may submit an application to register or pre-register to vote online, by mail, or in-person in Massachusetts if:
•You are a citizen of the United States; and
•You are 16 years old; and
•You are not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction.
In addition to registered voters, certain Specially Qualified Voters may vote by absentee ballot.
A Specially Qualified Voter is a person who is:
- A Massachusetts citizen living outside of the United States, at least 18 years old and whose last residence in the United States was Massachusetts
You also may be a Specially Qualified Voter if you are otherwise eligible to be a registered voter, and your present domicile (a place where you live and plan to remain) is Massachusetts, and you meet one of the following conditions:
- Out of Town because you are in the active service of the armed forces or merchant marine of the United States, or a spouse or dependent of such a person
- Absent from the Commonwealth
- Confined in a correctional facility or jail, except if by reason of felony conviction
A voter who is permanently disabled need not submit a request for an absentee ballot every election.
If such a voter submits a note from a registered physician indicating that they are disabled permanently, the Town Clerk will send the voter an application for an absentee ballot at the beginning of each year.
Upon receipt of the signed application, the Boston Election Commission will send the voter an absentee ballot prior to each election.
Address Confidentiality Programs (ACP) and Confidential Voter Listings are programs administered by the state that enable survivors of domestic violence (and sometimes victims of sexual assault and/or stalking) to vote without fear of being found by their abusers by providing a substitute address for all public records. Confidential Voter Listings only provide confidentiality on election-related public records. The National Network to End Domestic Violence provides a list of currently available programs. For more information on ACPs and Confidential Voter Listings in your state contact your local elections officials.
It is recommended homeless registrants list a shelter address as their voting address where they could receive mail. Alternatively, homeless registrants may denote a street corner or a park as their residence, in lieu of a traditional home address. The federal voter registration form and many state forms provide a space for this purpose.
Yes. Persons experiencing homelessness can register and vote in all 50 states. You can register to vote using the address of the closest homeless shelter, or you can use the address of our partner org, Rosie's Place @ 889 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118. Contact Rachel at (617) 442-9322.