Vote in the Presidential Primary
March 5, 2024
Super Tuesday on March 5, 2024, is the United States presidential primary election day when the greatest number of U.S. states hold primary elections and caucuses. Approximately one-third of all delegates to the presidential nominating conventions can be won on Super Tuesday, more than on any other day.
Massachusetts joins more than a dozen other states and territories that will hold presidential primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday. In Massachusetts, a voter who is affiliated with a political party can vote only in that party’s primary. If a voter is unaffiliated with a political party, he or she may vote in the primary of his or her choice.
Voting in Needham
The Town Clerk has announced the following schedule for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary.
|Last day to register to vote and change party enrollment for the Presidential Primary
|Saturday, February 24, 2024, 9 am to 5 pm
|Early in-person voting at Town Hall
|Saturday, February 24, 9 am to 5 pm
Monday- Thursday, February 26-29, 9 am to 5 pm
Friday, March 1, 9 am to 1 pm
|Last day to receive vote by mail applications
|Tuesday, February 27
|Last day to apply for absentee ballots
|Monday, March 4
|Tuesday, March 5, 7 am to 8 pm
Not sure if you are registered to vote or your party status?
Check your registration and political party status at VoteInMA.com.
How to Vote in a Primary
In Massachusetts, every registered voter can vote in a primary election. You do not need to be a party member to participate, but your party registration may affect your ballot options.
Read below to learn how to vote in a primary, when primaries are held, and other important information.
Primaries are held in order for political parties to choose their nominees for the general election ballot. There are currently three recognized political parties in Massachusetts:
- Democratic Party
- Republican Party
- Libertarian Party
Each party holds its own primary. Separate ballots are printed for each party, with only the candidates running for that party’s nomination listed. Non-party candidates, often called “independent candidates,” don’t appear on primary ballots. They only run in the general election.
You don’t need to enroll in a party to vote in a primary in Massachusetts. All registered voters can participate.
If you’re registered in one party, however, you can’t vote in another party’s primary.
You can vote in the party primary of your choice if you’re:
- Registered as Unenrolled (often called “Independent”)
- Registered in a political designation
If you want to change your party to vote in a different party’s primary, you’ll need to update your voter registration at least 10 days before the primary.
Choosing a Ballot
If you aren’t enrolled in a political party, you can choose a party ballot when you check-in at your polling place. Choosing a ballot won’t enroll you in a party.
If you vote by mail, and you are not a party member, make sure to select your party on the Vote by Mail application. If you don’t select a party on the Vote by Mail application, you won’t get a primary ballot.
What’s on the Ballot?
To view your sample ballot and find out where to vote go to WhereDoIVoteMA.com.
In addition to candidates for President of the United States, the ballots will also include the party offices of state committee and ward or town committee.
State Party Committee
Each party’s state committee is allowed to elect one man and one woman from each of the Commonwealth’s 40 state senate districts. Members of the state committee work to:
- Promote the aims of the party
- Work in cooperation with the national party committee and with ward and town committees
- Organize and work for the nomination and election of party candidates
Ward or Town Party Committee
In Massachusetts, ward and town committees are the building blocks of political parties. In towns, party town committees are elected town-wide. In cities, party committees are elected by voters in each ward.
Ward and town committees range in size from 3-35 elected members. Their duties include:
- Representing their party at the local and neighborhood level; and
- Promoting the objectives of the party; and
- Working for the nomination and election of party candidates
Sources: The News You Needham(ham) Jan 25, 2024; https://www.sec.state.ma.us/divisions/elections/elections-and-voting.htm; http://www.needhamma.gov/5315/2024-Annual-Town-ElectionTown-MeetingCal