UMass Amherst Votes – Election Information


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

Register by Wednesday, October 17 to vote in November. Live out of state? Visit to register.

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

Step 4: Research candidates and issues

  1. Review Massachusetts Ballot Questions.
  2. Learn about key issues and find candidates that best align with your views.
  3. 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.