Voter Registration

You may submit an application to register or pre-register to vote in Massachusetts if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States; and
  • You are 16 years old; and
  • You are not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.

If you meet the above requirements, you may apply online, by mail, or in-person. The deadline to register to vote in any election or regular town meeting is twenty (20) days prior to the date of the election or meeting. The deadline to register to vote in a special town meeting is ten (10) days prior to the special town meeting.

Click here to register online or check your voter registration status.

To register by mail or in person download and print the Voter Registration Form and take or mail it to:




Where do I vote?

To locate your polling place click here and enter your address, or contact Eileen Eaton, the Waltham City Clerk’s Office Elections Supervisor, at 781-314-3127.




How do I get an absentee ballot if I can’t make it to the polls on Election Day?

Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:

  • will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
  • have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place, and/or
  • cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.

You may have an absentee ballot mailed to you or you may vote at your city or town hall by making arrangements with your local election official. To request an absentee ballot download and print this form and take or mail it to:


The deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon the day before the election, but you should request your ballot as soon as you know you will not be able to make it to the polls. To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the City Clerk’s Office by the time the polls close on Election Day.




Do I need ID to vote?

You may be asked to show identification when you check-in 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. Examples of acceptable identification include: a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, lease, a copy of a voter registration affidavit, or any other printed identification which contains the voter’s name and address.




Where can I find more information?

The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections Division is responsible for overseeing elections throughout Massachusetts. Visit their website for more information on everything from voter registration to running for office and campaign finance.