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VOTER REGISTRATION: All Massachusetts Residents (from MA Sec. of State/click over for more info)

NEW! Because of ELECTION REFORMS passed in 2014 (thanks to organizing by many progressive groups, including Progressive Mass) Massachusetts citizens can now REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE!! Welcome to the 21st Century, Commonwealth!

ONLINE(!!) Voter Registration Form: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/

NOT SURE OF YOUR REGISTRATION STATUS? Check here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

YOU CAN ALSO REGISTER TO VOTE VIA HARDCOPY:

The Massachusetts Mail-In Voter Registration Form can be used to register to vote in Massachusetts, to update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address, or to register with a political party. Note:  After filling out this form, you must print it, sign it and send [snail-mail] it to your local election official.(*Click here for Needham Address)

Download, Print, Fill-In and Mail the Forms:

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

Yes, if you are registering to vote for the first time in Massachusetts. Because of a federal law, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 passed by Congress, if you registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 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 identification 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, government check, or other government document showing your name and address. If you send in a copy of your identification with your mail-in voter registration 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

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ABSENTEE VOTING / BALLOT REQUEST

The new Massachusetts no-excuse-early-voting law (AGAIN, passed with significant organizing and pressure from progressive orgs including Progressive Mass), kicks in in 2016 November.  But “No Excuse Early Voting” is ONLY for November elections in even-numbered years (no municipal or primary elections)

If you need to vote early in non-November-EvenYeared Elections:
Absentee ballot applications are available at Town/City Clerk’s Office, by downloading an application (links below) or you may send in a written request by mail signed by the voter.

Within 3 weeks of election, if you go in person to the Town Hall, your absentee ballot request at the counter will give you the opportunity to vote right there/then in person.

Some Town Clerks, including in Needham, are very strict about grilling voters whether they’ll be in town for any part of election day; other clerks in other municipalities are less strict, and welcome this pseudo-early voting as a way to increase voter participation.

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* NEEDHAM TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1471 HIGHLAND AVENUE, 02492

Phone: 781-455-7500 x216 – Fax: 781-449-1246
– Teaton@needhamma.gov – needhamma.gov

Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p; Evening hours vary please call.

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NEEDHAM RESIDENTS – Where to Vote

PRECINCT CHANGES IN 2014 — CHART UPDATED 3/29/2014
More Information at the Needham Town Clerk webpage.

There are 10 precincts in the Town of Needham. Don’t know your precinct? Check the Precinct Map or check online, here: http://hmny.me/wheredoivotema

Voters must go to their Precinct polling locations to vote. You must be registered at least 20 days before the election day (an outdated law which progressives in Mass. are trying to change! Want to help? Sign the petition and be in touch!).

updated 3/29/2014: 

Precinct Polling Locations Address
Precinct A The Center at the Heights 300 Hillside Ave
Precinct B The Center at the Heights 300 Hillside Ave
Precinct C Newman Elementary School – Gymnasium 1155 Central Avenue
Precinct D Newman Elementary School – Gymnasium 1155 Central Avenue
Precinct E Broadmeadow Elementary – Performance Ctr. 120 Broad Meadow Rd
Precinct F Needham High School – Gymnasium (near Tennis Courts) 609 Webster St
Precinct G Needham High School – Gymnasium (near Tennis Courts) 609 Webster St
Precinct H Broadmeadow School – Performance Center 120 Broad Meadow Road
Precinct I Wm. Mitchell School – Gymnasium 187 Brookline Street
Precinct J Wm. Mitchell School – Gymnasium 187 Brookline Street

If you are a FIRST time voter you need to bring ID/proof of residence. Otherwise you do not need to bring ID to vote.

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