You may register to vote online via the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s online registration portal. Please be aware the voter registration deadlines still apply.
Within Andover, voter registration forms are available at the Town Clerk’s Office and lobby at Andover Town Hall, Memorial Hall Library, and Andover Post Offices. In addition, branches of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles, social service agencies and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services.
When you register to vote you may choose to register in a state political party, select a political designation (become affiliated with a political organization which has not received party status in Massachusetts) or choose no affiliation and become unenrolled (commonly referred to as an independent voter).
If you choose to register with a political party, you will only be able to receive the ballot of the selected party in a primary election. Unenrolled (independent) voters and voters enrolled in a political designation may choose any party ballot in a primary election. Your registration status also affects your ability to run for office in a partisan election.
Who May Register?
Any person who is a Massachusetts resident, a United States citizen and will be eighteen years old as of the next election, is eligible to register to vote. First time voters in Massachusetts must provide a copy of their identification if registering to vote by mail. If no ID is provided, they will be required to show proof of residency at the polling location on election day. When signing the registration form, 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 increased recently to a fine of ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.
You will remain on the list of voters so long as you vote regularly and complete and return the annual municipal census. If you move to another city or town, you must re-register in your new community.
As of August 1, 2016 sixteen and seventeen year olds may pre-register to vote. For further information on pre-registration see the Secretary of State's web site at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm .
Be aware that there are voter registration deadlines. You must register to vote at least twenty days before any Town or State election or primary. Call our office for Town Meeting registration deadlines. For additional information call the Town Clerk at (978) 623-8255.
To find your voter registration status you may contact the Town Clerk’s Office or use this link to the Secretary of State's web site: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm .
If you have not received your census or you are new to Town, you may print a copy of this year's census below, and return it to the address indicated on the form.