Any person is eligible to register to vote if they:
- Are a Massachusetts resident
- Are a United States citizen
- Are 16 years old
Although you must be 18 years old to vote, you may pre-register to vote once you are 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may submit a voter registration form, whereby your name will be placed on a list of pre-registrants, and a pre-registration notice will be mailed to you, confirming receipt of your application. Once you become eligible to vote, an acknowledgement notice will be mailed to you confirming that your name has been moved from the list of pre-registrants to the list of registered voters.
All registrants must attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that they are legally eligible to register and that the information they provide is accurate and truthful. The penalty for fraudulent registration is a fine of $10,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both.
If you're not sure of your voter registration status, visit the Secretary of State's webpage.
Methods of Registering
Registering to vote in the Town of Brookline has never been easier than it is today. Below are the various methods of voter registration available to qualified citizens.
Online Voter Registration
If you are a US citizen and have a Massachusetts drivers license or state ID, you may register to vote online.
By-Mail Voter Registration
You may obtain a mail-in voter registration form from:
- Download the mail-in voter registration form from the Secretary of State's webpage
- Brookline Public Main Library as well as the branch libraries
- United States Post Offices
- Various other locations throughout the state
In-Person Voter Registration
You may visit the Town Clerk's office, located in Brookline Town Hall and complete a voter registration form in person.
Mail-in forms may also be obtained by calling the State Elections Division at 800-462-VOTE or by calling the Office of the Town Clerk at 617-730-2010. In addition, the State Registry of Motor Vehicles, various social service agencies, and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services.
Voter Application Options
When you register, you may choose to:
- Become a member of a political party
- Choose to become unenrolled -- a voter not enrolled in a political party - commonly referred to as "independent"
- Select a designation for a political organization which has not achieved party status in the state
Remember: in primaries, if you have registered in a party, you may only receive a ballot for that party. Unenrolled voters and those voters who have registered in a political designation may request any ballot in a primary election.