Who May Register
Any person who is a Massachusetts resident, a United States citizen, and will be eighteen years old as of the next scheduled election, is eligible to vote. Citizens who are registering to vote for the 1st time in Massachusetts must provide a copy of their identification if registering by mail. If no ID is provided, they will be required to show proof of residency at the polling place on Election Day. When signing the registration form, you must attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are legally eligible to register and that the information you provide is accurate and truthful. The penalty for fraudulent registration increased recently to a fine of $10,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both.
How to Register
You may complete a voter registration card in person at the Town Clerk's Office. You may call the Town Clerk at 413-538-5017, extension 6115 and request a mail in form or call the State Elections Division at 800-462-VOTE to request a form and mail it to the Town Clerk's Office in your town. When your voter registration is received and processed by the Town Clerk, you will receive a confirmation that you are now registered to vote, what precinct you are in, and where your polling place is located. In addition, branches of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles, social service agencies, and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services.
VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
To register to vote or make changes to your political party enrollment, you must complete a new voter registration form in person, by mail or online at: www.registertovoteMA.com. You may change your residential and mailing address using this census form if the voter(s) individually each sign the form.
You must register to vote at least 20 days before any Town or State Election or Primary in order to be eligible to vote at the polls.
The Annual Census is conducted in January each year as required by Massachusetts State Law. You should return it as soon as possible. The census is important for many reasons. The current population count is the basis for allocation of state and federal funds. Compliance with this state requirement provides proof of residence to protect voting rights, veteran's bonus, housing for the elderly, and many other related benefits. Also, if you do not return your census, it may affect your voting status. The town census is the only way the Town Clerk can verify residency. That is important for school enrollment, the voter's list, and maintenance of updated statistics.
Where Do I Vote?
Effective with the Primary Election of September 14, 2010, all voting takes place at South Hadley High School, 153 Newton Street. Voters still vote by precinct, but all precincts vote at this site.
The Annual Town Election is normally on the 2nd Tuesday in April and is also held at South Hadley High School. For current information on the Town Election, see: https://www.southhadley.org/620/Elections.
What Are My Congressional and State Voting Districts?
South Hadley is located in Hampshire County and is part of the following voting districts:
- South Hadley is in Massachusetts’ First Congressional District, which includes Berkshire County, Hampden County, and parts of Hampshire County, Franklin County, and Worcester County.
- South Hadley is in the Second Hampshire State Representative District, which includes Easthampton, Granby (Precinct 2), Hadley, and South Hadley.
- South Hadley is in the First Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester State Senate District *, which includes Belchertown, Chicopee (some precincts in Wards 2, 6, 8 and 9), East Longmeadow, Granby, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Palmer, South Hadley, Springfield (some precincts in Wards 6 and 7), Warren, and Wilbraham.
- South Hadley is in the Northwestern District for District Attorney and the Eighth District for Governor’s Council.
*State redistricting enacted in November 2021 following the 2020 census resulted in changes to some Congressional, Senate, Council, and House districts in Massachusetts beginning with the 2022 state election cycle. As a result, in 2022 South Hadley leaves the Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester State Senate District to become part of the First Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester District. South Hadley remains in the First Congressional District and the Second Hampshire State Representative District.
For more information about all districts: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eledist/distidx.htm