Massachusetts: State primary voter registration deadline


BOSTON — Wednesday, Aug. 15, is the deadline for voters across the state to register to vote, or change party affiliation, in the Sept. 4 primary.

Registration hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; some city or town halls might be open earlier. In towns with fewer than 1,500 voters, registration sessions must be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.

Absentee ballots are now available in every city and town. Voters should check with their city or town clerk regarding the best time to come into the office to vote absentee. All absentee ballot applications must be received by local election officials by 5 p.m. Aug. 31, though those voting by mail are encouraged to apply earlier, to allow for mailing time in both directions.

All absentee ballots must be returned to the local election office by 8 p.m. Sept. 4.

Voter registration, absentee ballot applications and further information are available on Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin's website at



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