Voter Registration

NEW Deadlines to Register to Vote


Due to COVID-19 Pandemic the voter registration deadline for any election held before December 31, 2020 shall be 10 days before the election. In-person registration shall be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the last day to register.

The deadline to register to vote for September 1st primary will be Saturday, August 22nd.

The deadline to register to vote for the November 3rd election will be Saturday, October 24th

There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote. If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home.

General Instructions

These are general instructions for residents of Massachusetts, if you have specific questions for the Northampton Registrar of Voters, please contact 413-587-1089. The Northampton Registrar of Voters office is located in City Hall:

210 Main St., Room 4
Northampton, MA 01060

Requirements to Register to Vote

You may submit an application to register or pre-register to vote in Massachusetts if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States; and
  • You are 16 years old; and
  • You are not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony confiction.

If you meet the above requirements, you may apply online, by mail, or in person.

You may be Eligible to Register On-Line

In order to register to vote online, you must have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  If you currently have a Massachusetts driver’s license or state ID card, you may use the online voter registration application to register, update you address, or change your party affiliation.  Voter registration forms submitted online must be submitted by midnight on the date of the voter registration deadline.   

We Accept Registration By Mail

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, city building are currently closed to the public.  In-person pick up and in-person voter registration will not be available until further notice.

Mail-in registration forms (PDF) are widely available. If you are in Northampton you may stop by the Registrar of Voters Office in City Hall to pick up a form. To have one mailed to you, call the Secretary of State’s Office at 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE.

  • Completed voter registration forms should be mailed to the City or Town Hall where you reside. If you reside in Northampton the form can be mailed to:

Registrar of Voters
210 Main St.
Room 4
Northampton, MA 01060

  • You should receive a confirmation notice in 2 to 3 weeks. If you do not, please contact your local election office to verify your voting status.

New!  January, 2020:  Automatic Voter Registration

If you are a U.S. citizen applying for or renewing a driver’s license or state ID at the RMV, or applying for health insurance through MassHealth or the Commonwealth Health Connector, you will be automatically registered to vote, unless you opt out of registering.

If you opt out of registering to vote, or if your citizenship has not been confirmed by the RMV, MassHealth, or the Health Connector, you will not be registered to vote. If you do not opt out and your citizenship is confirmed, your name, address, and date of birth will be sent to your local election official to be added to the voter list and you will receive mailed confirmation of your registration within 2-3 weeks.

To learn more, click HERE.  This link will bring you to the Sec. of the Commonwealth’s website for more information about Automatic Voter Registration.

Making Changes to Your Voter Registration

Change of Address

You must update your voter registration every time you move. If you have moved, you may update your registration by filling out a new voter registration form. If you move after the deadline to register to vote in a state election or primary, you should wait to update your registration until after the date of the election or primary, and return to vote at your previous polling place in Massachusetts. State law allows you to vote from a previous address in a state election for up to six month after you have moved, as long as you have not registered elsewhere.

Change in Political Parties

If you wish to change your party enrollment, you may do so by filling out a new voter registration form. Members of political parties may vote only in their own party’s primary elections. Unenrolled voters (commonly referred to as "Independents") and members of political designations or minor parties may vote in the party primary of their choice. Choosing to vote in a particular party’s primary does NOT enroll you as a member of that party.

A full list of political parties and designations may be found HERE.

 

Other Information

Identification Requirements

Certain voters must submit a copy of their identification with their voter registration or present it at their polling place on Election Day. For more information on identification requirements, click HERE.

 Pre-registering to Vote

Though you must be 18 years old in order to vote, you may pre-register to vote once you are 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may submit a voter registration form to your local election official, who will then place your name on the list of pre-registrants. You will receive a pre-registration notice by mail, confirming receipt of your application. Pre-registration may be done online, by mail, or by the Automatic Voter Registration process.  In-person pre-registration is not available while City Office remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Once you become old enough to vote, your local election will mail you an acknowledgement notice, which is confirmation that your name has been moved from the list of pre-registrants to the list of registered voters. Your acknowledgement notice will include your party affiliation and the location of your polling place.

It is important to keep your local election official informed of any changes to your information. You must submit a new voter registration form if you wish to change your name, address, mailing address, or political affiliation.

Waiting Period

There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote. If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home.