First Time Voter?
STEP 1: Register to vote
Check your status. If you have moved off campus, home or even to a new room in a residence hall, you may be listed as inactive.
Register or make corrections to your registration by Oct. 29 for the Nov. 8 midterm election.
Live on campus and can't make it home to vote? Apply for your mail-in ballot.
STEP 2: Decide how you will vote
Vote by mail
Massachusetts voters now have the option to vote early by mail in all elections, with no excuse required. In 2022, vote by mail applications will be mailed in July and September to every voter who hasn’t already requested a mail-in ballot for the fall elections. These applications will be pre-addressed to your local election office and postage pre-paid. Find your local election office or dropbox.
Vote by mail applications can also be downloaded through the state website.
After you send in your ballot, make sure to track your ballot.
Massachusetts now has early voting for all state primaries and elections. Early voting is way for you to vote before Election Day, at your own convenience. You can vote early in person or by mail.
To vote early in person, visit an early voting site in your city or town during the early voting period. Each city and town chooses their own early voting locations and sets their own schedules. All communities are required to offer weekend early voting hours. A listing of early voting schedules and locations for each city and town will be posted on the Massachusetts Secretary of State website no later than five days before early voting begins.
Election Day Voting
The Town of Bridgewater offers election information, including how to vote and including the district, precinct and hours here.
If you reside in the city of Boston, check out the official website guide for more information.
Whether on campus or at home, locate your polling place to cast your vote.
If you are instructed self-quarantine or if you are admitted to a healthcare facility within seven days before an election, you may use the absentee ballot application to designate someone to pick up an emergency ballot, deliver it to you, and return it to your local election official.
There is no application deadline, but your ballot must be returned to your local election office by the time polls close (typically 8 p.m. Election Day).
STEP 3: Research candidates and issues
Learn about key issues coming up on the ballot and find candidates that best align with your views.
Become an informed voter (pdf).
STEP 4: Bring your ID and show up to vote
You may need to show ID at your polling place if:
- You are voting for the first time in Massachusetts in a federal election.
- You are an inactive voter.
- You are casting a provisional or challenge ballot.
- The poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification .
Acceptable IDs must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. Examples include: 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 that contains a voter's name and address.