Any person who is a Massachusetts resident and a United States citizen and will be 18 years old as of the next election is eligible to register to vote.
You must attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are legally eligible to register and that the information you provide is accurate and truthful. The penalty for fraudulent registration is a fine of $10,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, scammers may send messages asking for your Social Security number or financial information supposedly to register you to vote - or to confirm your registration - when they really want to commit identity theft.
PLEASE NOTE: In Massachusetts, when you register to vote, you will be asked to provide either your Massachusetts Driver's License number, OR the last four digits of your Social Security number. These are used for verification purposes. YOU SHOULD NEVER BE ASKED TO PROVIDE YOUR FULL SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER BY A LEGITIMATE ELECTION OFFICIAL.
How to Register
You may visit the Town Clerk's Office
in Amherst Town Hall and complete a voter registration form in person.
It is important to remember that every election has a deadline of 20 days prior to the election by which one must register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in that election.
You may obtain a mail-in voter registration form by:
In addition, the state registries of motor vehicles, social service agencies, and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services.
Parties and Political Organizations
When you register, you may choose to become a member of a political party, select a designation for a political organization that has not achieved party status in the state, or choose to become an unenrolled voter (commonly referred to as independent).
Remember that if you register in a party, in a primary election you may only receive a ballot for that party. Unenrolled voters may request any party ballot in a primary election.