Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 14

Massachusetts’ Address Confidentiality Program protects survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking when registering to vote. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Conviction: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons upon their release from incarceration.

ID Requirements for Voting: ID only required for first-time voters

Ranked Choice Voting: Some cities in Massachusetts use ranked choice voting for local elections.

Early Voting: Early Voting for the 2020 Election will take place from October 19 – October 30.

Absentee Voting: Absentee voting has been extended to ‘any person taking precaution related to COVID-19’ for elections on or before June 30th. An excuse is required to request an absentee ballot. Voters must request the ballot by mail to the voter’s local election office at least one day before the election. View the excuses and download the application here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Massachusetts ranks 29th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation

Massachusetts State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Massachusetts had higher voter turnout than the United States overall in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size