UMass Amherst Votes – Election Information


Help shape the future by voting on Tuesday, November 8

First-time voter? Follow this step-by-step overview.

Step 1: Register to vote

  • Check your status. If you have moved off campus, home, or even to a new dorm room, you may be listed as inactive.
  • Register – or update your registration – by October 29 to vote on November 8.
  • Live on campus? Make sure you register with the full street address for your residence hall.
  • Registered outside of Massachusetts? Visit to learn about deadlines and requirements in your home state.

Step 2: Decide how you will vote

Vote by mail (recommended):

  • Massachusetts allows mail-in ballots for all elections. If you are a registered voter, you should automatically receive a vote by mail ballot application. Otherwise, request one online.
  • Requests for vote by mail ballots must be received at least 5 business days before Election Day. It is recommended that you allow at least 2-3 weeks to get and return yours.
  • To ensure your vote is counted, return your ballot on time and follow all instructions, including returning it in the envelope provided, and signing the envelope where indicated.

Early voting:

  • Early voting takes place October 22 – November 4. Hours vary by community and include weekend hours.
  • Early voting schedules and locations will be posted at at least one week before early voting begins.

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.