2016 Election Dates
Primary: Thursday, September 8 (registration deadline is Friday. August 19)
General Election: Tuesday, November 8 (registration deadline is Wednesday, October 19)
Presidential elections occur every four years, with the primaries held early in the year and the general election in November. Elections for governor and other statewide officials are held every four years, in the even-numbered year that is not a presidential election year. State senator and representative and congressional elections occur in even-numbered years, with the primary in September and the general election in November. Each town sets its own dates for local elections: these usually occur annually in the spring. City elections occur in odd-numbered years; preliminary elections are held in September or October and the elections occur in November. For state and federal elections, the polls must be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in line when the polls close at 8 p.m., you can still vote.
You can check on your city or town’s website or with your town clerk’s office/elections office to find out when local elections are scheduled. Click here to find your city/town’s website and town clerk/elections office contact information.
Remember the deadline to register to vote in Massachusetts, including registering to vote in local elections, is 20 days before the election.