Board of Registrars

Mass. General Laws, Chapter 51, Section 15 mandates that every town have a Board of Registrars consisting of four members, one of which is the Town Clerk.  The three remaining members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen from lists submitted by the town committees of the two leading political parties.  The term of office is three years and shall be staggered so that one term expires each year.

The Registrars assist the Town Clerk’s office in promoting voter registration, maintaining the Voter Lists, being present at all Voter registration sessions, certifying the signatures on all nomination papers and petitions, certifying absentee voter applications, conducting recounts and assisting in the preparation of the annual street list.

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 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.