How to Register to Vote in Northbridge

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WHO MAY REGISTER?

Only a person who is:

  • a US citizen, and
  • a resident of Northbridge, and
  • 18 years old on or before election day (must still meet registration deadlines set forth below)

 

WHEN MAY I REGISTER?

There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote. If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home.

 

HOW CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?                                 

Online:  Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin’s website at www.sec.state.ma.us and clicking “Elections and Voting" then "Online Voter Registration" 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.

By Mail: Mail-in registration forms are widely available. To obtain a mail-in registration form, please call the Town Clerk’s office 508-234-2001, and a form will be sent to you or you can download a voter registration form at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm.  Mail the completed form to the Town Clerk’s office, 7 Main Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588.  You should receive a confirmation notice in 2 to 3 weeks. If you do not, please contact us to verify your voting status.                                                 

In Person: Go to any registration location and complete an affidavit of registration, which must be answered truthfully under the penalty of perjury. The questions on the affidavit will include your name, residence, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number or your driver’s license number.

At the Registry of Motor Vehicles: Keep your motor voter receipt until you receive confirmation from the Town Clerk’s office. If you do not receive any confirmation, please contact us (508-234-2001) to verify your voting status.

 

WHAT MUST I DO IF I'VE CHANGED MY ADDRESS SINCE I REGISTERED? 

If you have moved within Northbridge, notify the Town Clerk’s office of your new address in writing. If you have moved to a new city or town, you must register in the new city or town.

 

CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE BEFORE I TURN EIGHTEEN?

Yes, as long as you will be 18 on or before the next election or town meeting. However, please note that you must still register by the deadline for that meeting or election.

 

ARE THERE DEADLINES FOR REGISTRATION? 

Yes. In order to vote you must be registered:

  • 20 days before all primaries and elections, and/or
  • 10 days before a special town meeting.

 

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 new 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.

Voters can now check their registration status through the State's Voter Registration Status Website.  This tool is designed to provide up-to-date information on voter registration status and information for voters so they can register to vote.