In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be writing a bit about the November 4th election as it relates to Bostonians. I’ll cover a new ballot question each week and provide some mind-numbing state resources. If you open your textbook, we’ll begin on page 292 with Massachusetts voter registration.
Those of you who will be 18 or older on election day and would like to vote, need to be registered. As of this posting, you have 7 days to mail in your voter registration form; this mail-in voter registration form must be postmarked by October 15, 2008 — 20 days prior to the election, by law.
If you want to register to vote without leaving your couch, you need to complete an online form to actually get your voter registration form. It’s kind of like a meta form, I guess. It’s available here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elestu/stuidx.htm. You can also show your age and request a voter registration form by phone (617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE).
Chapter Summary: Registering to Vote in MA
- Request a voter registration form (Now)
- Complete the voter registration form
- Mail or drop-off your voter registration form to your local city/town hall; addresses are listed here. (By Wednesday, October 15)
If you have any questions about this, for the love of God, don’t ask me. We have a Secretary of the Commonwealth who gets paid to wade through this stuff. His name is William Francis Galvin and he’s got quite the website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm.