Massachusetts Primary Sep. 6, 2022

State Primary Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Voter Registration Deadline: Saturday, August 27, 2022

Vote by Mail Application Deadline: Monday, August 29, 2022

Early Voting: Saturday, August 27 – Friday, September 2

Election Day Polling Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

What will Needham voters be voting on?

Representative in Congress, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Governor’s Council, State Senator, State Representative, Norfolk County District Attorney, Norfolk County Sheriff, Norfolk County Commissioner.

See the list of candidates in the Democrat and Republican primaries.

Who can vote in the primary?

In Massachusetts, all registered voters may vote in the primary.

Members of political parties may vote only in their own party’s primary elections. There are two parties: Republican and Democrat. Unenrolled voters (commonly referred to as “Independents”) and members of political designations or minor parties may vote in the party primary of their choice. Choosing to vote in a particular party’s primary does NOT enroll you as a member of that party.

A full list of political parties and designations may be found here.

LWV-Needham will continue to assemble information from the Needham Town Clerk’s and Secretary of the Commonwealth’s websites. The Town Clerk and the Secretary of the Commonwealth are the primary sources for information on voting and elections.

Voter Registration

The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation for the September 6 Primary is Saturday, August 27.

Keep in mind, however, that if you are voting by mail, you’ll need to make any necessary party changes before applying for your ballot, so you can get the ballot that you want.

Am I registered? Affiliated with a party?

Check your voter status and party affiliation at this link.

How do I register to vote?

The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website has complete information. There are online, mail-in, and in-person options for registering.

On Saturday, August 27 Needham residents can register to vote in person by visiting Needham Town Hall (time to be announced).

Vote by Mail

Massachusetts voters have the option to vote early by mail in all elections, with no excuse required. To request your Vote by Mail ballot, submit a signed application to your local election office.

In addition to no-excuse early voting by mail, Massachusetts has absentee voting for those who qualify. While early Vote by Mail ballots are more common, there are special circumstances where you need to apply for an absentee ballot instead. See absentee ballot information below.

Steps to Vote by Mail (see details below, source:

  1. Complete (be sure to sign) a Vote by Mail Application (see below, you should receive an application delivered to your home. A web portal to request the ballot will be available soon.)
  2. Deliver your application to the Needham Town Clerk
  3. Vote after your ballot arrives
  4. Return your ballot

Applying for your Vote by Mail Ballot

In 2022, Vote by Mail applications will be mailed in July (for primary) and September (for general election) to every voter who hasn’t already requested a mail-in ballot for the fall elections. These applications will be pre-addressed to your local election office and postage pre-paid.

Vote by Mail applications can also be downloaded or printed.

Any written request with your signature is an acceptable application. You can simply write a signed letter to the Needham Town Clerk to apply for your ballot.

Applications can be submitted by mail, email, or fax. If you’re emailing your application, you need to sign it in a way that can be compared to your hand-written signature. Electronic signatures, scanned applications, and photos of applications are acceptable. Typed signatures cannot be accepted.

Applying for a Primary Ballot

If you’re applying for a primary ballot, and you aren’t registered in a party, you must indicate which party’s ballot you want to receive. If you don’t provide a party on your application, you will not receive a primary ballot.

Application Deadlines

Any mail-in ballot must be requested in writing at least 5 business days before Election Day, 5 p.m., Monday, August 29, 2022. Your application can only be accepted if it has reached the Needham Town Clerk by the deadline.

Apply as early as possible, especially if your ballot will need to be mailed out of town. The U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing up to 7 days for mail delivery. To ensure you receive your ballot with enough time to mail it back, you should apply 2-3 weeks before Election Day.

*Ways to submit a signed Absentee or an Early Vote by Mail Application to the Needham Town Clerk:

  • Mail to Town Clerk’s Office, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492
  • Place in the secure Drop Box in front of Town Hall
  • Fax to 781-449-1246
  • Email to

State Primary ballots need to be returned the Needham Town Clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, September 6.

Apply early, in order to have enough time to return your ballot.

For questions on any aspect of voting in Needham, contact the Needham Town Clerk:
Theodora K. Eaton, MMC
1471 Highland Avenue Needham, MA 02492
Phone: (781) 455-7500

Track My Mail-In Ballot

If you submitted an application to vote by mail, you can track the status of your mail-in ballot application and ballot with this online “Track My Ballot” tool. You should be able to find your information if you have submitted an application and the Town Clerk has received it. The Tracker indicates the date the ballot was sent and the date it was received. If you do not find your name wait a few days and try again.

If you did not submit an early or absentee ballot application you will not find your name.

Absentee Ballots

To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must:

  • Be away from your city/town on Election Day; or
  • Have a disability that keeps you from voting at your polling place; or
  • Have a religious belief that prevents you from voting at your polling place on Election Day

Absentee voters use the same ballots as early voters and have the same deadlines for returning their ballots. Most voters who qualify for an absentee ballot can choose instead to apply for an early Vote by Mail ballot. There are some times that an absentee ballot application is needed. You should fill out an absentee ballot application if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen residing overseas; or
  • You are on active military duty; or
  • You are currently incarcerated for a reason other than a felony conviction; or
  • You are requesting an emergency absentee ballot due to hospitalization.

Emergency Absentee Ballots

If you have been admitted to a healthcare facility within 1 week of the election, you may use the absentee ballot application to designate someone of your choice to deliver a ballot to you. The person you designate to deliver your ballot will need to bring the signed application to your local election office, pick up your absentee ballot, bring it to you, and return it for you by the close of polls on Election Day. Emergency ballots may be requested up until the close of polls.

Military & Overseas Voters

If you are a U.S citizen residing out of the country or on active military duty, you may use the Federal Post Card Application or the Massachusetts Absentee Ballot Application to request your ballot. More information is available on our page for Voting for Military & Overseas Citizens.

Download an Application

Official Vote by Mail Application

Official Absentee Ballot Application

Early Voting In Person

Early Voting in Person for the September 6, 2022 primary will be held Saturday, August 27 – Friday, September 2. Specific dates and times for Needham will be announced by the Needham Town Clerk.

You may vote at the early voting location in the city/town where you are registered to vote.

Election Day In Person

Election Day: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For voters casting ballots in person, expect protocols in place to ensure social distancing.

Precincts A & B – Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Ave.
Precincts C & D – Newman Elementary School, 1155 Central Ave.
Precincts E & H – Needham Golf Club, 49 Green St.
Precincts F & G – Rosemary Complex, 178 Rosemary St.
Precincts I & J – Town Hall, 1471 Highland Ave.