State Primary September 4, 2018
State Election November 6, 2018
The Voter Registration Deadline for the September 4, 2018 State Election is August 15, 2018 at 8pm. The City Clerk's office will remain open until 8pm on August 15 for Residents to register to vote or make changes to your registration in person. Residents may also use the online voter Registration service at The Secretary of State Website. On this site residents can check their registration status, make changes, register to vote or print a mail in form. Residents may also scroll down here to print address or party enrollment change 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.
Early Voting in Massachusetts
Early voting for the November 6, 2018 State Election will be available to all Massachusetts voters. No excuse is required.
We are looking for volunteers to assist with the EARLY VOTING here at City Hall. If you are interested please contact Marie @ the City Clerk's office Election desk 978-281-9720 #6 on the phone menu.
Early Voting begins October 22, 2108 and ends November 2, 2108 at NOON. A posting of extended hours will be availbale soon.
Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot 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 Ave. Gloucester, MA 01930. Note: A picture ID may be requested at the time of registration.
Instructions for registering to vote in Massachusetts
See below for instructions on the Secretary of State's office new online voter registration:
As of June 23, 2015
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 “Massachusetts Register to Vote Online” button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the 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 Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official. (click the highlighted web address for fast link to the elections page)
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.
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 8pm 20 days prior to an election.
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/or any State Elections, please refer to the State of Massachusetts Election Division
, view the Election results page
of this website, or contact the City Clerk's Office at 978-281-9720.