Town Clerk

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE                                    

Who may register?

Only a person who is:

  • a US citizen, and
  • a resident of Douglas 

How can I register to vote?


In Person:  Go to the Town Clerk’s office and complete an affidavit of registration, which must be answered truthfully under the penalty of perjury.  The questions on the affidavit will include your name, resident and date of birth.

By Mail:  Mail-in registration forms are widely available.  To obtain a mail-in registration form, please call the Town Clerk’s office at 508.476.4000 ext. 355, and a form will be sent to you or your can click here and download a Massachusetts Voter Registration form.  Mail the completed form to the Town Clerk’s office, 29 Depot Street, Douglas, MA 01516.  You should receive a confirmation notice in 2 to 3 weeks.  If you don’t, please contact us to verify your voting status.

Registry of Motor Vehicles:  If you are a new resident to Douglas and you are changing the address on your license,  you can register to vote at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  Keep your voter receipt until you receive confirmation from the Town Clerk’s office.  If you do not receive any confirmation, please contact us at 508.476.4000 ext. 355 to verify your voting status.

When and where may I register?

There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote.  If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home.

You may register to vote:

  • online
  • in person or by mail, by completing a mail-in registration form and delivering it to the Town Clerk’s office.
  • at any local election office in any city or town in the State and at any registration event you encounter anywhere in Massachusetts, or
  • when applying for or renewing your driver’s license at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

What must I do if I’ve changed my address since I registered?

If you have moved within Douglas, notify the Town Clerk’s office of your new address in writing.  If you have moved to a new city or town, you must register to vote in the new city or town.

Are there deadlines to register to vote?

Yes.  In order to vote you must be registered:

  • 20 days before all primaries and elections, and/or
  • 10 days before a special town meeting.

Do I need to attach identification to my voter registration form?

Yes, if you are registering to vote for the first time in Massachusetts.  Because of a new federal law, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 passed by Congress, if you registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, you will be required to show identification when you vote or you can send in a copy of your identification with your voter registration form.

Acceptable identification must include your name and address at which you are registered to vote, for example:  a current and valid driver’s license, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document showing your name and address.  If you send in a copy of your identification with your mail-in voter registration form, it may not be returned to you.