Elections & Voting

2018 ELECTIONS       

State Primary -Tuesday September 4, 2018 

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Register to Vote
You may submit an application to register or pre-register to vote in Massachusetts if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States; and
  • You are 16 years old; and
  • You are not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.

If you meet the above requirements, you may apply online, by mail, or in-person.

Visit Town Clerk's Office and fill out a voter registration form or Register To Vote 

You may choose to register in a state political party or choose a political designation that will only allow you to receive the ballot of the selected party, and affects your ability to run for office.

Registration Deadline: 20 days before an election or State Primary.

Voting in Franklin
  • The polls are open on election day from 6 am to 8 pm for town and state elections at the Franklin High School on Oak St.
  • At the Check-In table tell the poll worker your street name first, followed by your street number and then your name.
  • If your name does not appear on the list the poll worker will send you to the Town Clerk's table.
  • To cast your vote in Franklin follow the Accuvote Instructions by filling in the dot next to the name you wish to vote for. If you need assistance, you may bring someone to assist you or ask a poll worker to provide confidential, non-partisan help.
NO political paraphernalia may be displayed within 150 feet of the entrance to the polling location (includes signs, stickers, clothing and lapel buttons).


Voting Absentee  
If unable to vote on election day because of physical disability, religious beliefs or travel you may vote by absentee ballot.
  • Obtain your absentee ballot from the Town Clerk before 12 noon the day before an election. Absentee ballots are generally available up to three weeks before an election.  Absentee Ballot Request form.
  • Application for absentee ballots may be submitted in-person at the Town Clerk's Office, or by mail. If a voter submits the application in-person he may obtain the ballot and vote over-the -counter (if available). Otherwise, the ballot is sent by mail.
  • Ask the Town Clerk's Office for information regarding members of the same household requesting absentee ballots.
  • Return of ballots Must be received before the polls close to be counted for Franklin Town elections. Other rules apply for State elections.  Click here or ask the Town Clerk's Office for more information.
  • Early Voting is available for biennial state elections.  The next election for which early voting will be available is November 6, 2018 State Election.