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Massachusetts' voter checklist
Everything you need to know to cast a ballot on Election Day.
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When is Election Day?

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. Massachusetts polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where do I vote?

You can find your voting location at the Mass. secretary of state website.
Or, you can scroll this list of Massachusetts voting locations by city and town.

Candidates and ballot questions

The 2008 Massachusetts ballot features state, national, and presidential elections, as well as three ballot questions.
Additionally, you may have questions specific to your town or city on the ballot.

Do I need to bring an ID?

If you registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, you will be required to show identification the first time you vote in a federal election.

Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered. For example: A current and valid driver’s license, photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document showing your name and address.

If you are not enrolled with a party you can pick up a ballot of your choice at the polling location.

What if my name is not on the voter rolls?

If your name is not on the voter's list, ask the election official in charge to check your registration on the inactive voter's list, or if you are registered in another precinct.

If not, ask to fill out a provisional ballot. After the election, the election official will search for records of your registration. If it is found, your provisional ballot will be counted.

Absentee ballots

You can vote by absentee ballot if you:
  • Will be absent from your city or town on election day
  • Have a physical disability that prevents you from voting at the polling place
  • Cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs
The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot is noon the day before the election -- Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. You can fill out your absentee ballot at the clerk's office, request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you, or download an application below.

Absentee ballot applications:

Information for this guide was compiled from the Massachusetts Secretary of Commonwealth's website:
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