Registrar of Voters

Welcome to the City of Holyoke Registrar of Voters!

Applicants must be registered voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Help is needed for all positions and locations throughout the City.

These are paid positions and training will be provided. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.  Poll Workers will be paid $75 per shift and Wardens will be paid $100 per shift. The shifts are 6:00am-1:00pm and 1:00pm-9:00pm.  Polls are open from 7:00am-8:00pm.

Applications are available in the Personnel Office or the application can be downloaded here:

Poll Worker application


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. a group you have the power to make a difference!

The Registrar of Voters Office is responsible for, absentee votingvoter 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. 

Noelia Colon - Assistant Registrar of Voter's

(413) 322-5540

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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 (D), City Clerk/Registrar of Voters

Hayley Dunn (D), term expires March 31, 2018

Preston Macy (R), term expires March 31, 2017

L. Dorothea MacNeil (R), term expires March 31, 2018


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.

If you are 16 or 17 you may pre-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 
*physical disability 
*religious beliefs 
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.

Massachusetts citizens can register to vote online by visiting Secretary Galvin’s website at and click on the “Massachusetts Register to Vote Online” button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their current address or change party enrollment.


Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.

City of Holyoke

2020 Election Calendar

City of Holyoke

State Elections 2020

Last day to register for the Special State Election and the Presidential Primary Elections February 12, 2020
Special State and Presidential Primary Elections March 3, 2020
Last day to register for the Special State Election March 11, 2020
Special State Election March 31, 2020
Last day to register for the State Primary August 12, 2020
State Primary September 1, 2020
Last day to register for the State Election October 14, 2020
State Election November 3, 2020


Calendario de Elecciones 2020

Ciudad De Holyoke

Elecciones Estatales 2020

Ultimo Dia para inscribirse para la eleccion Especial de Estado y para la Primaria Presidencial 12 Febrero del 2020
Eleccion Especial de estado y Primaria Presidencial
3 de Marzo del 2020
Ultimo dia para inscribirse para la Eleccion Especial de Estado 11 de Marzo del 2020
Eleccion Especial de Estado
31 de Marzo del 2020
Ultimo dia para inscribirse para la Primaria Estatal 12 de Agosto del 2020
Primaria Estatal
1 de Septiembre del 2020
Ultimo dia para inscribirse para la Eleccion Estatal 14 de Octubre del 2020
Eleccion Estatal
3 de Noviembre del 2020








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




You can download an absentee ballot or early voting ballot application here:

Absentee Ballot Application-NEW





AV always requires an application (in-person and through the mail) EV requires an application if its is requested through the mail.  No application is required for in-person EV.
ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATING AV requires qualified registered voters to have a specific reason in order to vote absentee (absence, disability, religious belief). All qualified registered voters are eligible to participate in EV.
METHOD AND TIMING OF VOTING AV ballots can be mailed as soon as the AV ballots become available.  Voters can vote AV in person, by appointment. EV ballots can only be mailed out once the EV period begins (October 22nd). Early voting in person is during regular business hours of the local election official.
TABULATION OF BALLOTS AV ballots are counted at the polling place on Election Day. EV ballots are counted on Election day at the polling place OR at a Central Tabulation Facility, if a City/Town chooses to have one.
APPLICATION BY A FAMILY MEMBER Family members of qualified absentee voters may apply for their Absentee ballot and may also deliver their Absentee ballot to the Clerk’s Office. A family member may NOT request an EV ballot for an EV voter, and may NOT deliver the ballot of behalf of the EV voter back to the Clerk’s Office.
ONCE YOU CAST THE BALLOT Once a voter returns their Ave ballot, they may still vote on Election Dy as long as their ballot has not been processed. Once a voter returns their EV ballot and the ballot is received by the Local Election Official, they may no longer vote on Election Day or any other way.


For additional information please visit the State of Massachusetts web site “Information for Voters

Department Head

Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC

Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC

Registrar of Voters/City Clerk

Office Address

City Hall
536 Dwight Street
Room #9
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map

Contact Info

Main Office

(413) 322-5540

(413) 322-5541 (fax)

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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