Got questions? Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Elections website for voting and election information.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6
As part of a cohort of over 80 million, you and your peers have the power to shape the future by voting in the 2018 midterm elections.
First-time voter? This infographic gives a step-by-step view of the process.
Step 1: Register to vote
Step 2: If you're voting in your hometown (not Amherst)
Vote by absentee ballot:
- Absentee ballot requests must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, November 5 and your completed ballot must be received by Tuesday, November 6.
Or, vote early:
- If you will be home between Monday, October 22 and Friday, November 2, you may vote early in person.
Step 3: If you are voting in Amherst
- On campus residents, be sure to register using your residence hall street address.
- The Town of Amherst's College Voter page is a good source for voting information. Locate your district, precinct and hours.
- Find your polling place and check the PVTA website to plan your trip.
Step 4: Research candidates and issues
- Review Massachusetts Ballot Questions.
- Learn about key issues and find candidates that best align with your views.
- Become an informed voter.
Step 5: 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 challenged 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: a 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 which contains the voter's name and address.