Voting

Voting

Q:  How do I register to vote?

A:  Residents may register in person to vote at the Office of the Registrar of Voters between the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

A voter must meet the following qualifications to vote in the municipality:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a Pittsfield resident; and
  • Must be at least 18 years old on or before the next election.

Residents may also register to vote at the Registry of Motor Vehicles or other State Agencies.

Click here for a Mail-In Voter Registration form.


Q:  Does my voter registration follow me if I move from one community to another?

A:  No. Your voter registration does not follow you. You must register to vote in Pittsfield. Your voter activity history will follow you through the state voter registry system.


Q:  What is the last day to register to vote prior to an election?

A:  The last day to register is twenty days prior to the election. The Office of the Registrar of Voters is open on the last evening to register until 8:00 pm.


Q:  Can I register if I am homeless?

A:  Yes.  Homeless people can register to vote.


Q:  Do I have to change back to unenrolled status if I vote in a primary election?

A:  No, you will not lose your unenrolled status if you vote in a primary election.


Q:  What hours are the polls open?

A:  For all municipal elections the polls are open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and for federal and state elections the polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.


Q:  Where do I vote?

A:  You may look up your voting location here by entering your full address.  You can also obtain the contact information for your elected officials.  If you are not sure of your polling place please call the voter’s office at (413) 499-9460 or email the Assistant Clerk for Registration and Elections at mcetti@pittsfieldch.com.  We would be happy to tell you exactly where to go to perform your civic duty.


Q:  What is my ward and precinct?

A:  The ward and precinct determines where residents vote and in which elective district citizens reside.  When you register to vote, the acknowledgment notice you receive includes your ward, precinct and polling location.  The staff can also provide information about elective districts, your current elected officials and names of candidates in election seasons.  You may look up your ward and precinct here by entering your full address.


Q:  How can I get an absentee ballot?

A:  Absentee ballots are available until noon the day before and election. 

                Requests can be made:

  1.  In person at the Office of the Registrar of Voters located at City Hall, 70 Allen Street, Room 101;
  2. By telephone at (413) 499-9460; or
  3. or by sending a letter of request to the Office of the Registrar of Voters, 70 Allen Street, Room 101, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Permanently disabled citizens can be put on a permanent list if a doctor’s note is forwarded to the Office. They will be sent an application every year thereafter.


Q:  Can you take my son or daughter off of the voting list?

A:  Only if they inform us in writing that they do not wish to vote in Pittsfield anymore by sending us a letter.


Q:  Are Election Commission records public information?

A:  Records of residents over 17 years of age are public information.  Resident lists or disks can be purchased for $10.00.  The updated Residents List is available in April, whereas census disks are updated throughout the year.


 

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