Massachusetts: How and Where to Vote and Who’s on the Ballot

Massachusetts: How and Where to Vote and Who’s on the Ballot |

Sept. 6, 2022, 10:00 a.m. ETSept. 6, 2022, 10:00 a.m. ET

Alyce McFadden

Massachusetts: How and Where to Vote and Who’s on the Ballot |

Voting near Boston City Hall during the 2020 state primary. Massachusetts Republicans are picking a nominee for governor while the Democrat is essentially unopposed.

Massachusetts voters are going to the polls Tuesday to choose their parties’ nominees in races including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Here’s what to know about voting in the state:

The deadline to register to vote in the primary election has passed.

Because of a state law passed in 2019, any Massachusetts resident who has applied for state benefits or a state driver’s license since Jan. 1, 2020, is automatically registered to vote. Not sure if that includes you? Check here.

Polls across Massachusetts close at 8 p.m. Eastern time. That is also the cutoff time for election officials to receive mail ballots. It is too late to send mail or absentee ballots, but you can still deliver them by hand to election officials (details below).

If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Massachusetts, or if you have not voted in a long time, you may be asked to show identification that matches the address on your voter registration. Find more information about acceptable forms of identification here.

Look up your nearest polling place on the website for the office supervising elections in Massachusetts here.

If you are planning to vote by mail but have not yet mailed your ballot, you can deliver it to a drop box or election office. Find the location of both in your city or town here.

Voters will pick a Republican nominee to succeed Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican. There are two candidates in that primary: Geoff Diehl, a former state lawmaker who was endorsed by former President Donald J. Trump, and Chris Doughty, a businessman.

Maura Healey, the state’s attorney general, is running essentially unopposed on the Democratic ballot for governor and will face either Mr. Diehl or Mr. Doughty in November.

Andrea Campbell and Shannon-Liss Riordan are competing in the Democratic race to succeed Ms. Healey. Ms. Campbell would be the first Black woman to hold the office if elected.

See a sample ballot by entering your address here.


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