Elections FAQ

Q: Do I need to attach identification to my voter registration form?

A: Yes, if you are registering to vote for the first time in Massachusetts.  Due to a Federal law, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 passed by Congress, if you registered to vote by mail on or after January 2003, you will be required to show identification when you vote for the first time in a federal election since registering by mail in 2003, or you can send in a copy of your idnetification with your voter registration form.

Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote, for example: a current and valid driver's license, photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, governmen check or other government  document showing your name and address.  If you send in a copy of your identification with you mail-in voter regaistration form, it may not be returned to you.

If you do not provide such identification, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires that you may only cast a provisional ballot which will be counted later, but only after your eligibility to vote has been determined.