Registrar of Voters
Welcome to the City of Holyoke Registrar of Voters!
We live in a democracy, which means you get a say in who runs our city, and how they do it! Yeah, registering and waiting in line at the polls can be a hassle, but it is a small price to pay for the right to vote. Remember...as a group you have the power to make a difference!
The Registrar of Voters Office is responsible for, absentee voting, voter registration and the update of data onto the statewide computer system. We are dedicated to providing customer friendly service. We are here to assist you, THE PUBLIC.
What else do we do? We ensure each citizen's basic civil right to vote. We provide outreach to residents to increase participation and awareness. We recognize how important Other activities include redistricting, canvassing and registering voters, having special voting sessions and conducting registration sessions at high schools.
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The board of registrar of voters shall provide for the registration of voters at office of such board at any and all times when such office is open for business and when such registration is not prohibited by law, and at such other times and places as such board may deem necessary.
Current Board Members Are:
Brenna Murphy-McGee,City Clerk/Registrar of Voters
Hayley Dunn, term expires March 31, 2015
Preston Macy, term expires March 31, 2017
How To Register To Vote
For more information call:
City Hall 322-5540 or (617) 727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE
Who may register to vote?
You must register if you want to vote.
Any citizen of the United States who is a Massachusetts resident and who will be 18 years old by election day may register to vote.
How often must I register?
Just once. Registration is permanent in Massachusetts. You need register, again only if you:
*move to another city or town within then country
*change your name
If you move within your community, notify your registrars of voters in writing.
When and where may I register?
There is no waiting period to be eligible to register. If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home.
You may register at a registration agency, also city & town clerks or election commissions will register you in your city or town hall during regular business hours and during special registration sessions before elections. Mail in registrations are available upon request. Students may register at their local high school.
Are there registration deadlines?
Yes. Registration is closed for a brief period before each election to allow election officials time to prepare the voting list. Closings occur:
*20 days before presidential primaries, regular state primaries, and regular state elections, city or town elections, town meetings, special primaries and special elections.
*10 days before a special town meeting.
If you register during a “closed” period, you will be eligible to vote only in later elections.
What if my name is not on the voting list?
If you have registered but your name has been omitted from the voting list, or is listed incorrectly, the election officer in charge of the polling place must call city hall to check your registration. If you are found to be correctly registered, you may vote.
If the election official is unable to confirm your registration, you should go to city hall. If your registration is correct, you may vote there immediately on an absentee ballot. You may, if you prefer, obtain a certificate from the registrar and return to your usual polling place to vote.
What if I am not allowed to vote?
If you claim the right to vote but are not allowed to vote, you must be allowed to mark an “provisional ballot”. These ballots will be kept in a separate envelope and will be counted if you are later found eligible to vote and if the election is close enough for these ballots to make a difference.
Reasons for voting absentee
You may vote absentee if you are registered and will be unable to vote at the polls on election day because of
*absence from your city or town
Illegal absentee voting is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to a year in prison.
Applying for an absentee ballot
You must apply for an absentee ballot from your city or town clerk no later than noon of the day before the election. Applications may be mailed or hand delivered and you may use any form of written communication (letter or postcard), or the official application form.
If you are applying for an absentee ballot for a primary and are a registered independent or unregistered, indicate which party’s ballot you desire.
To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on election day.
Applying to vote if you are absent from the state, in the armed services, or a prisoner
Registered and unregistered residents of Massachusetts outside the state and residents on active duty in the armed forces and merchant marine and their spouses or dependents, and prisoners, may vote absentee. They may request an absentee ballot from the city or town where they legally reside (if outside the U.S.), where they resided last before leaving). In addition a close relative may apply on their behalf in person at their clerk’s or election commission’s office.
If you are applying for an absentee ballot for a primary and are a registered independent or unregistered, indicate which party’s ballot your desire.
A family member of a registered voter who is a student at a college or university may apply for an absentee ballot on the student’s behalf, to the clerk or election commission of the city or town where the student is registered.
In all cases, unregistered voters must register when they return to the state, since this does not establish permanent registration.
2015 Municipal Election Calender
Nomination Papers for the 2015 Municipal Election will be available January 5, 2015!
Check the City Clerk’s page for a daily list of candidates that pull papers.
Last Day to Register for the Preliminary Election
|September 2, 2015|
Preliminary Election ((if necessary)
|September 22, 2015|
|Last Day to Register for the Municipal Election||October 14, 2015|
|Municipal Election||November 3, 2015|
The polling places for each of the voting precincts in the City of Holyoke have been designated by the City Council as follows:
Los lugares de votacion para cada uno de los recintos en la Ciudad de Holyoke son los siguientes senalados por la Asamblea Municipal:
Precinct A - Rosary Towers, 24 Bowers St.
Precinct B – Prospect Heights Community Room, 41 Chestnut Street
Precinct A – Morgan School Gym
Precinct B – Falcetti Towers, 475 Maple Steet
Precinct A – Elmwood Engine House, South Street
Precinct B - Metcalf School, 2019 Northampton Street
Precinct A - St. Paul’s Church Parish, 485 Appleton Steet
Precinct B – St. Paul’s Church Parish, 485 Appleton Street
Precinct A – Lt. Elmer J. McMahon School Gym
Precinct B – Maurice A. Donahue School Gym
Precinct A – Sullivan School
Precinct B – Sullivan School
Precinct A - E. N. White School, 1 Jefferson St
Precinct B – E. N. White School, 1 Jefferson St
Recinto A – Rosary Towers, 21 Bowers St
Recinto B – Prospect Heights Community, 41 Chestnut St
Recinto A – Morgan School Gym, 596 South Bridge St
Recinto B – Falcetti Towers
475 de la Calle Maple
Recinto A – Elmwood Engine House, Calle South
Recinto B – Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton
Recinto A – Iglesia St Paul, 485 Appleton St
Recinto B – Iglesia St Paul, 485 Appleton St
Recinto A – Escuela Lt McMahon, 75 Kane Rd
Recinto B – Gimnasio de la Escuela Donahue, Whiting Farms Rd
Recinto A – Escuela Sullivan, 400 Jarvis Ave
Recinto B – Escuela Sullivan, 400 Jarvis Ave
Recinto A – Gimnasio de la Escuela E.N. White, 1 de la Calle Jefferson
Recinto B – Gimnasio de la Escuela E.N. White, 1 de la Calle Jefferson
An Absentee Ballot Application may be obtained by:
• A registered voter who will be unable to vote at the polls on election day due to:
(1) absence from your city or town during normal polling hours; or
(2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or
(3) religious belief;
• A non-registered voter who is:
(1) a Massachusetts citizen absent from the state; or
(2) an active member of the armed forces or merchant marines, their spouse or dependent; or
(3) a person confined in a correctional facility or a jail, except if by reason of felony conviction.
For your convenience, you may download the following Absentee Ballot Forms:
For additional information please visit the State of Massachusetts web site “Information for Voters“
536 Dwight Street
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map
(413) 322-5541 (fax)
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Posted on December 10, 2012 by CityClerk