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There's still time to register to vote in Massachusetts

Make sure you're ready to cast your ballot on Nov. 8.

Voters enter a polling place inside Greenfield High School on March 1, 2016 in GreMatthew Cavanaugh / Getty Images

Withonly one more presidential debate and less than a month before the Nov. 8 general election, the time to make sure your voice is heard at the polls is running out.

The last day to register to vote in Massachusetts is Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Not sure if you are registered to vote? Check online hereby entering your name, date of birth and ZIP code. And don't forget, if you were one of the many people to move within Boston this past September, you do have to re-register with your new address.

To register online at sec.state.ma.us/OVR, you need avalid driver's license, learner's permitor non-driver ID issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, as well as a signature on file with the RMV.

You can use that same online portal to change your name and address for voter registration purposes and to change, enroll or unenroll in a political party.

If you don't have an RMV ID, you can still fill out an application online but you'll need to print it out, sign the completed form and mail or bring it in person to your local election official. Find your local election official by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's city and town directory here.

If this is the first federal election you're voting for while in Massachusetts or if you're an inactive voter, you may be asked to show identification at your polling place. Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote and can include a driver's license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, lease, a copy of a voter registration affidavit or any other printed identification with that information.

To find your polling place, enter your address at WhereDoIVoteMA.com. That link will tell you where to vote, your city or town clerk and who all your elected officials are.

For the first time ever, Massachusetts is also allowing residents to vote before election day.Beginning on Oct. 24and ending on Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters can cast their ballots at a designated early voting location in your community (a drop-down menuonline lists all locations by city and town) or by mailing the early ballot application to an elected official.

If you have any questions about the state's Voter Registration website, you can contact the state Elections Division at 617-727-2828. Anyone looking for more information about the2016 ballot questions for Massachusetts can review aninformation for voter's packet from the Secretary of the Commonwealthhere.

"I urge you to vote on November 8, 2016 and exercise the most essentialright of our democratic system," Secretary of the CommonwealthWilliam Francis Galvin wrote in that packet. "Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to8 p.m. statewide."

 

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