The following tips have been adapted form a useful resource made available by MassVOTE:
10. Vote early. Turnout will be moderate – you may be in line for 5 or 10 minutes during peak hours. Vote between 7am and 3pm to avoid the rush. But don’t worry – you have a right to vote if you’re on line before 8pm. Polls will stay open until every voter in line votes.
9. Check your registration. If you’ve moved in the last year, haven’t voted for a while, or for any other reason feel your registration may be in question, call the Secretary of State at 1 (800) 462-8683.
8. Know where you vote. Some polling locations have changed in the last year. Call the Secretary of State’s office, or check http://www.wheredoivotema.com/ – be sure to use the address at which you are registered.
7. Do your homework. Search online for candidates running for State Treasurer, State Auditor and Secretary of State. For other elections, contact your city’s election department to learn more about who’s running, or call MassVOTE at 617-542-8683.
6. You may vote absentee if you will be out of town on Election Day or if you can’t get to the polls due to physical disability or religious belief. Although if you have not mailed in your ballot by now, you will have to wait until the General Election on November 2nd. You can download the application at http://tinyurl.com/absenteeMA.
5. You may vote if you have a CORI, or if you’re on parole or probation, so long as you’re a registered voter. Only people currently incarcerated for a felony are not eligible.
4. Bring ID. Most voters are not asked for identification, but some are, especially those who are voting for the first time or who haven’t voted in a few years. Your MA Driver’s License will work, but so will a recent utility bill or rent receipt on landlord’s letterhead.
3. Bring a friend. You may bring anyone you choose with you into the voting booth (except your boss or union supervisor). Bring your children, or make it a romantic evening of dinner and democracy.
2. If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one. You have the right to receive up to two replacement ballots if you make a mistake and spoil yours.
1. Ask for help. Do you have difficulty speaking English? A disability? A question? Poll workers are available to help – they won’t tell you who to vote for, but they will help make sure you are able to cast a ballot.