When you register to vote, you may choose to enroll in a political party or political designation or may choose to remained “Unenrolled,” which is commonly referred to as “independent.”
Choosing to Enroll in a Political Party
There are three political parties in Massachusetts:
- Democratic Party
- Republican Party
If you enroll in any of these three political parties you may only vote in that party’s primary. Enrollment in a political party does not affect your right to vote in a general election. In a general election, all voters receive the same ballot and vote for the candidate of their choice regardless of party enrollment.
Choosing No Enrollment in a Political Party
If you do not wish to enroll in a party, check the box next to “No Party (Unenrolled)” on the voter registration form. If you do not enroll in a party, you may still vote in state and presidential primaries by choosing a party ballot and will remain Unenrolled.
Choosing to Enroll in a Political Designation
In addition to the three political parties, there are certain legal political designations in which you may enroll. If you enroll in any political designation you may vote in the state or presidential primary of your choice.
Change Party Enrollment or Political Designation
Once you make an enrollment choice, you may change your enrollment status by notifying your election official in writing at least 10 days before a primary or election.
Please refer to the following link for further information regarding Political Parties / Political Designations from the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Election Division page.