Register to Vote by October 17

Register to Vote!

In order to express your voice in the November 6 general elections, you must register to vote by October 17.

To register to vote in Massachusetts you must:

·         be a U.S. citizen; and

·         be a Massachusetts resident; and

·         be at least 18 years old on or before November 6 to vote in the general election.

Where to register:

Before registering, consider where you wish to vote on election day. You may only be registered in one community at a time. If you register to vote in Salem, you will only be eligible to vote there. If you are registered in another Massachusetts city or town, you will be able to vote only in that community. So, if you are a student and wish to vote in Salem because that’s where you’ll be on November 6, then you must register to vote in Salem either online, in person, or by mail. In the future, if you no longer wish to vote in Salem, you must register to vote in another city or town of your choice before you will you will be able to vote there, which will then make you ineligible to vote in Salem.

You may register to vote online! Visit and follow the instructions on this site.

Absentee ballots:

You must be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. You may request an absentee ballot from any Massachusetts city or town by filling out an application for an absentee ballot and sending it to the community where you are registered to vote. That community will send you a ballot to complete, which you will return to your local municipality. 

When completing the voter registration form:

Please fill out the information completely, including the optional phone number, so the city clerk may call you if there are any questions about the information submitted on your form. Your phone number will not be used for any other purpose or given to any other organizations. 

If you have a Massachusetts driver’s license, please use the number beginning with an “S” on your license as your identification number. If you are from out-of-state or don’t have a Massachusetts driver’s license, please use only the last four digits of your Social Security number as your identification number (Box #7 on the Massachusetts form).

Note: Resident students should list their address as Salem State University and the name of the student’s residence hall (e.g., Salem State University, Marsh Hall). Do not list your room number, mailbox number, or the street address of the residence hall.

For further information on campus, please contact or

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


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