Register to Vote
To be able to vote, you must register within your state. UMass Dartmouth uses TurboVote which can help you register to vote, request an absentee ballot, sends you reminders about upcoming elections, and locates the nearest polling location.
Want to check your voting registration status or find out where the nearest polling location is?
Can't make it to your home town to vote on election day? For Massachusetts voters, download your absentee/vote by mail ballot application here.
An important piece to the absentee/vote by mail ballot process is that it is a four step process:
- Complete the absentee/vote by mail application.
- Deliver your application to your Local Election Office by August 26 for the State Primary and October 28 for the General Election. Find your Local Election Office location here. Please note, applications can be mailed or hand-delivered. Applications may also be submitted electronically by fax or email as long as your signature is visible.
- Vote and fill out your ballot that you receive.
- Return your ballot to your Local Election Office and have it postmarked by September 1 for the State Primary and postmarked by November 3 for the General Election. This ballot must reach your Local Election Office by November 6 to be counted in the General Election.
- August 22 - Deadline to register for the Congressional Primary
- August 26 - Last day to apply for absentee ballot applications for Primary
- September 1 - Congressional and Senate Primary (absentee ballots must be received by this date)
- September 2 - First Day of Classes
- September 16 - Constitution Day Event
- September 22 - National Voter Registration Day Event
- October 5-9 - National Voter Education Week
- October 19 - Early Voting begins
- October 24 - Last day to register to vote Presidential Election
- October 24 - National Vote Early Day
- October 28 - Last day to apply for absentee ballot applications for General
- November 2 - Early Voting ends
- November 3 - Election Day (absentee ballots must be postmarked and sent by this date)
- November 3 - Election Day Results Watch Party
- November 6 - Last day for absentee ballots to be counted
Vote411 is a resource where you can register to vote, check your registration status, and find out what is on your ballot. They also provide a nonpartisan Presidential Voter Guide for the 2020 candidates.
Vote.org provides resources to check your registration status, register to vote, vote by mail, get reminders about upcoming elections, and pledge to register if you’re under 18. They also provide information about voter registration rules, deadlines, ID laws, and more.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters works to improve voter registration, protect voting rights, and provide nonpartisan information about elections to educate voters.
Ballotpedia is an encyclopedia of information on politics and elections. You can look up candidates and see which candidates are running in races across the country.
Federal Voting Assistance Program
The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides resources to help people vote with a focus on helping military and overseas voters request absentee ballots.
Overseas Vote Foundation
The Overseas Vote Foundations focuses on helping U.S. citizens overseas, service members both abroad and at-home, and students studying abroad vote by absentee ballot. This is also a good resource for people activiated by the National Guard on State orders.
Nonprofit offers provides information about how ex-offenders, homeless people, people experiencing domestic violence, people with disabilities, and military or overseas voters can vote. The link above takes you straight to the page where information for these community members can be accessed, but overall Nonprofit Vote’s mission is to provide voting resources to nonprofits in America.
Campus Vote Project
The Campus Vote Project creates state by state voting guides and answers questions frequently asked by students in regards to voting. The link to the Massachusetts guide is above, but there are also guides for other states and more general information across the site.
Nonpartisan Organization Working on Voting Issues and/or Voter Turnout:
Project Vote seeks to eliminate differences in registration rates between minorities and majorities and build an electorate that represents the diversity of America.
The Sentencing Project
The Sentencing Project provides information about felons voting rights. The Sentence Project has been working on research, policy reform, media campaigns, and advocacy related to the criminal justice system for 30 years. Using the link above you will find information about felony disenfranchisement.
Andrew Goodman Foundation
The Andrew Goodman Foundations works to increase voter turnout for young people by supporting youth leadership development, voting accessibility, and social justice initiatives on college campuses.
MassPIRG’s New Voters Project focuses on increasing voter turnout on college campuses. It has long worked towards this goal, being the oldest and largest youth voter mobilization project in the country.
Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote works on increasing turnout of young people.
Head Count registers people to vote at concerts and runs programs to increase voter turnout.