Voter registration deadline nears for March 1 primary

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BOSTON – If you plan to vote in the March 1 presidential primary in Massachusetts, the deadline to register, Feb. 10, is coming up fast.

Voters who previously registered but didn’t respond to the annual street list mailing from their city or town clerk may find themselves on the inactive voter list on election day. In that case, voters must show identification or other document to confirm they still live at the registered address or to update their current address.

Primary elections are held to help select party nominees. In Massachusetts, a registered voter who is a member of a recognized political party such as the Republicans or Democrats may only vote for that party’s candidates.

Those who are independent, or unenrolled, can cast a ballot for candidates in one of the four recognized parties: Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, and United Independent. Voters who are members of minor parties can also vote for the major party candidates of their choosing.

To register in Boston, update or check your voter registration information visit: For more information or questions contact the Election Department at 617-635-3767 or [email protected].

For registered Boston voters who will be unable to vote in person on March 1, absentee ballots are available from the Election Department. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot and/ or to vote in person via absentee status is Feb. 29. All absentee ballots must be in the possession of the Election Department by the 8 p.m. closing time for all Massachusetts polling places on March 1.