You can vote in United States elections if you:
Who cannot vote?
Massachusetts residents can find more information about MA eligibility and restrictions at the Secretary's Elections and Voting page. Other U.S. residents can check with their state or local election office.
To vote, you must be registered. You do not need to affiliate yourself with a political party, though party affiliation may affect whether you can vote in primary elections.
Students attending college may choose to register at their college address or at their home address. You must vote in the area where you are registered, or you must obtain an absentee or a vote-by-mail ballot.
Eligible Mount Holyoke students may register as Massachusetts voters using the information above. If you are currently registered in another location, you will be removed from the voter list there and added to the South Hadley voter list.
Pay attention to registration deadlines. For example, in Massachusetts, you must be registered twenty (20) days before a scheduled election.
To vote, you must be registered and you must cast your vote in a designated polling place or mail your ballot by certain deadlines.
Voting in person: When you vote in person, be prepared to meet poll workers and give them your name, address, and signature. Poll workers will provide you with voting instructions and the supplies you need, like pens and pencils.
In MA you will not be asked for ID unless:
Your polling place will usually be close to the address where you are registered. If voting in-person in Massachusetts, the Elections and Voting webpage will direct you to your polling place. To find your polling place in other states, check with your state or local election office.
Voting by mail: As of July 2020, Massachusetts residents are entitled to vote by mail. To apply for a mail-in ballot in MA, visit the Commonwealth's webpage. If you are registered and voting in another state, check your state or local election office for specific vote-by-mail rules.
Voting by absentee ballot: You are entitled to obtain and mail an absentee ballot if you're unable to vote from your registered address. Due to COVID-19, many states are making absentee ballot voting easier. For example, in Massachusetts all registered voters may vote by mail in 2020, without needing to meet the State's regular absentee voting requirements.
If you are registered and voting in another state, check your state or local election office for specific absentee voting rules.