Welcome to the City of Gloucester Elections page

Upcoming Elections for 2021 are:

Preliminary Election: September 14, 2021 

Municipal Election: November 2, 2021 

Nomination papers will be available beginning April 1, 2021.  The deadline to take out nomination papers is July 27, 2021. The deadline to submit nomination papers for certification of signatures to the Board of Registrars is also July 27, 2021 at 5:00pm. Nominations will be for the following offices: 

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

The deadline to register to vote or make changes to your voter registration for the September 14, 2021 Preliminary is August 25, 2021. City Clerk office hours will be 8:30am until 8:00pm on this day. To find out if you are registered and where to vote click here. 

We are accepting Absentee Ballot for all elections via email, fax, regular mail or drop box. 

Drop Box Location: At the bottom of the stairs on the Warren Street entrance to City Hall. During inclement weather the drop box will be inside the Warren Street entrance door.

The deadline to submit an Absentee ballot application by mail  for the 2021 Preliminary election is Wednesday, September 8, 2021.  Absentee ballot in office voting deadline is Monday, September 13, 2021 at NOON. 

 Scroll down to see further details regarding absentee voting, overseas voting and forms. 

**Poll workers are always needed. Poll workers are paid $125.00 or $150.00 depending on the position for the day. If any resident is interested in being a poll worker, we welcome you to send your inquiry to elections@gloucester-ma.gov or schedule and appointment to come into the City Clerk’s office and apply 978-281-9720 #4.  Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm on election days. 

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. 2
    Fax: (978) 282-3051