Voting Resources

Where do I vote?

You can input your name and address at this website to see the location where you vote.  The website will also confirm whether you’re successfully registered as a voter, if you’re not sure.  (If you’re not registered, this website shows you how.)

Who can vote?

Everyone who is a registered voter can vote.  In order to register, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Massachusetts, and at least 18 years old.  Beyond that, you have the right to vote — regardless of whether you speak English, have a disability, are literate, or are a convicted felon (no longer incarcerated).

When do I vote?

The next Medford election is on Tuesday, November 9, 2017.  Polls are open from 7am until 8pm.  Remember that as long as you are in line by 8pm, you can vote.

What do we need to bring to vote?

In general, you don’t need to bring anything special to vote.  Massachusetts does not require an ID for voting.  The main exception is if this is the first election since you registered to vote by mail (details here).  Information about accessibility for voters with disabilities is here.

What can I bring into the voting booth?

You can bring any paper materials into the booth, including sample ballots, voter guides, and notes from this website.  You can bring your cell phone and take pictures of yourself, but you cannot share pictures of your completed ballot.  You cannot bring campaign materials that other voters can see, such as signs and candidate t-shirts.

What can I do in case of voter intimidation or fraud?

First, know your rights.  The Voter’s Bill of Rights for Massachusetts is online here.  Remember that even if there is a question about your eligibility (for instance, you aren’t on the list, or you didn’t bring an ID that they requested), you can still cast a provisional ballot. You should notify a poll worker if you believe that you are witnessing voter intimidation or fraud.

The ACLU has a comprehensive online guide for responding to voter intimidation.  You can also phone the Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español).