Elections

Welcome to the City of Gloucester Elections page

Upcoming Elections for 2020 are:

The Presidential Primary was held on March 3, 2020

State Primary: September 1, 2020

The deadline to register to vote or make changes to your voter registration for the State Primary is Saturday August 22, 2020. City City Clerk office hours will be: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 STATE PRIMARY:                                     All early voting will take place in the Kyrouz Auditorium located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue Gloucester, MA.  We are always in need of volunteers for Early Voting, contact: elections@gloucester-ma.gov or (978) 281-9720 ext. 4.

Early Voting Schedule for the September 1, 2020 State Primary: 

Saturday           August 22, 2020       2:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

Sunday             August 23, 2020        8:15 am to 1:15 pm 

Monday            August 24, 2020        8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday           August 25, 2020        8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday      August 26, 2020        8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday          August 27, 2020        8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Friday               August 28, 2020        8:30 am to 12:30 pm 

Presidential/Federal Election: November 3, 2020

The deadline to register to vote or make changes to your voter registration for the Presidential/Federal Election is Saturday October 24, 2020. City Clerk office hours will be: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

NEW:  2020 Vote By Mail applications will be sent to every voter as of July 1, 2020 by the Secretary of State Election Division office.  Any voters who register after July 1, 2020 will be sent a 2020 Vote By Mail application with your acknowledment notice. Voters can use this applicaton for All 2020 Elections by indicating your choice on the application.  Please read the instructions carefully and complete each section accordingly, paying special attention to Primary ballot choices for unenrolled/Independent voters.  

We are accepting Absentee Ballot applications & Vote By Mail applications for all elections via email, fax or regular mail. If you are unenrolled in a party, (formerly Independent), you must include your ballot type choice when requesting a ballot for the State Primary election of Sept 1, 2020.  The ballot type choices are: Democrat, Republican, Green Rainbow, or Libertarian. Please see this link for a candidate list: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepastcandidates/pastcandidatesidx.htm before sending us your absentee ballot application.   A specimen ballot will be posted as soon as one is available.  Scroll down to see further details regarding absentee voting, overseas and forms. 

**Poll workers are always needed. Poll workers are paid $125.00 for the day. If any resident is interested in being a poll worker, we welcome you to come into the City Clerk’s office and apply.  Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm on election days. 

The City of Gloucester held a Municipal Election on November 5, 2019 for the following offices: 

  • Mayor
  • City Councilor at Large
  • Ward Councilor
  • School Committee

Candidates List & contact information for the November 5, 2019 Election.

For election results go the the Election Results page of this website. 

Voter Registration Information

Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years of age or older may register to vote in his/her city or town of residence. To register in Gloucester, you may come to the City Clerk’s office during regular business hours, click the link below to download a mail in registration form or use the Secretary of State online service detailed below. We are located at: 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930. Note: A picture ID may be requested at the time of registration.

See below for instructions on how to register to vote online using the Secretary of the Commonwealth of MA voter registration:

Instructions for registering to vote in Massachusetts

Online Voter Registration Now Available: Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin is pleased to announce that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and more convenient as well as cut costs relating to the printing of voter registration forms.

Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin’s Website at www.sec.state.ma.us and clicking the "Online Voter Registration" link to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address or change their party enrollment.

Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online by visiting the State of Massachusetts Elections Page which they can then print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.

Non-Registered Voter Information

A non-registered voter has up to twenty (20) days prior to any election day to register to vote. If the voter fails to comply, then his/her name will not be posted on the registered voters list and he/she will not be able to cast his/her vote in that election.

*Please note for 2020 the deadline to register to vote will be up to 10 days prior to the 2020 Election dates.  

Change of name and address form:

Registered voters can change their name or address by completing the Name/Address Change Form, and submitting it to the Clerk’s office in person or by mail. Changes MUST be received in the Clerk’s office by 8:00 pm on or before the 20th day prior to an election.

Change of Enrollment Forms also must be submitted by 8:00 pm 20 days prior to an election.

Inactive Voters

An inactive voter is a voter who failed to answer census per the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 51, Section 4c. Every year, registered voters who failed to respond to the census will be made inactive on June 1st of that year. Voters who are made inactive are sent confirmation cards, which the voter can send back to the City Clerk’s office to be reinstated as active or to make an address change.

When inactive voters arrive at their polling place and before they are given a ballot, they will be required to show ID (driver’s license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, lease, a copy of a voter registration affidavit, or any other printed ID which contains your name and address) and will need to fill out an "Affirmation of Current and Continuous Residence". Once they have filled out the address confirmation, they will given a ballot and allowed to proceed with voting.

Absentee Ballot Registration/Ballot Details

If you are not able to come to the City Clerk’s office to fill out the absentee ballot application or vote, please read the informational document and registration form below. Please follow the instructions given so that processing your registration will not be delayed.

 For Further Information

For further information about voter registration and State Elections, please refer to the State of Massachusetts Election Division.

To View Gloucester Election results visit the Elections Results Page of this Website. If you have further questions after viewing this site feel free to contact the Elections Desk at the City Clerk’s Office.


  1. Elections Desk


    Physical Address
    9 Dale Avenue
    Gloucester, MA 01930

    Phone: (978) 281-9720 ext. 4
    Fax: (978) 282-3051