How to Register to Vote

To register to vote in Somerville, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen​
  • A Somerville resident, and​
  • At least 18 years old on or before the next election.

According to Massachusetts Law, the deadline for voter registration is at least 20 days before the Election Day. This goes for any election, primary, or preliminary. 

  • Register Online / Update Information

  • Register in Person

  • Register by Mail

  • Register for an Absentee Ballot

To register online or change your voter information, visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/. You’ll need a valid ID from the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), and a signature on file with the RMV.

To register in person, visit:

Elections Department
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

Hours:

Monday - Wednesday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

To register by mail, call (617) 625-6600 x4200 during normal business hours. We’ll mail you a registration form. Or, you can download the form in English, Espanol, or Zhongwen.

Once we get your form, we’ll send you a notice to confirm that you’re registered.

You can only vote absentee if you can’t vote on Election Day because:

  • You won’t be in the City during polling hours
  • You have a physical disability that prevents you from getting to the polling place, or
  • Your religious beliefs prevent you from visiting the polling place.

You can download an Absentee Ballot application here. You can also download an Absentee Ballot for a family member here. If you don’t want to fill out an application, you can use a written request with an original signature and relevant contact information.

Please note: The penalty for illegal registration is a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.