UMass Amherst Votes – Election Information


Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Massachusetts State Primaries are Tuesday, March 3

Help shape the future by voting in the 2020 elections.

First-time voter? This infographic gives a step-by-step overview.

Step 1: Register to vote

  • The deadline to register to vote in the Massachusetts primaries has passed. The Massachusetts voter registration deadline for the November general election is October 14, 2020. 
  • Already registered? Students are often listed as 'inactive' voters due to address changes. Check your status and make updates if needed.
  • Live out of state? Visit to learn about registration in your home state.

Step 2: Decide how you will vote

Absentee ballot:

  • Absentee ballot requests must be received by noon on Monday March 2, 2020 and returned completed by Tuesday March 3, 2020 to be counted for the primary. For the general election, absentee ballots must be requested by 5 p.m. Monday, November 2, 2020 and your completed ballot must be received by Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • Buy stamps for mailing your application and ballot on campus at Mail Services, at a local post office (there's one just off campus, at 145 University Drive), or these other locations.

Early voting:

  • Early voting for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primaries will be available to all Massachusetts voters from February 24-28, 2020. A listing of all early voting locatins, dates, and times for the Presidential Primaries is available at
  • The Town of Amherst is hosting an early presidential primary voting event on campus. Anyone registered to vote at their dorm address or at any precinct in Amherst can cast their ballot in Bartlett 316A on February 25, 26, or 27 between 4 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Information about early voting for the November general election will be available after the primaries.

Election Day voting:

Step 3: Research candidates and issues

  1. Learn about key issues and find candidates that best align with your views.
  2. Become an informed voter.

Step 4: 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.