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Diane R. Colella, Commissioner
(781) 286-8200 X1, email@example.com
Election Commission/Election Department
The primary goal of the Election Department is to promote voter registration and participation in the Electoral process to Massachusetts citizens. Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin's website at www.sec.state.ma.us and clicking 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 address or change their party enrollment.
Additionally, through the Motor Voter Law, residents may register to vote in person or make changes to their voter registration information at any City/Town Hall in the Commonwealth, at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, at any State Agency or by mail. If you would like us to send you a Mail-In Registration form, a Change of Party Card, or a Change of Address Card to be completed at your convenience, please call our office at (781)286-8200.
Elections are conducted in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws and the Revised Ordinances of the City of Revere. The Election Commission administers Campaign Finance Law for Candidates and Committees that file on the Municipal level. Campaign Finance reports are reviewed and posted to the cities website and maintained there for six years.
The Election Department serves as a link to the residents of the city by conducting an Annual City Census and an annual Street List Book. Census data is used to determine Congressional representation and Legislative Districts, provide community services, funding for Revere Public Schools, elderly housing benefits, veterans benefits, and state and federal funding for other vital programs.
The Election Department provides a variety of supplemental services to assist residents within the community. We offer proof of residency for tax abatement's, welcome home bonuses for veteran's in the Armed Forces of the United States, proof of citizenship if applicable, life certificates for pension renewals, voter ID cards, and notary public services. For fees related to these services, please contact our office.
- Who receives UOCAVA Ballots?
UOCAVA ballots are requested by Military and Overseas U.S. Citizens. To obtain a Federal Post Card Application go to FVAP.gov.
If you are a UOCAVA Voter and would like to track your ballot please visit the website at
- On Election Day
How do I find out where to vote?
You have several options:
1. Secretary of State's Website
2. List of Polling locations with street index
3. You may also call the office (781) 286-8200, and we will look up the information for you.
- What are the Polling Hours?
On Election Day the polls are open from 7am to 8pm.
- Does the Election Department offer rides to the polls?
Unfortunately, the Election Department does not have the resources to provide rides to the polls on Election Day. If you need a ride, please contact one of the candidates running for office.
- How will Re-Precincting affect me?
Re-Precincting is effective January 1, 2012. Although the majority of the changes will occur in Ward Six, some additional streets will be affected. Notices were sent in February 2012 to any voter whose polling location has changed. For information on your specific address, please contact the Election Department at 781-286-8200.
- What is an Inactive Voter?
An inactive voter is a voter who has not updated their voter information with the Election Department in the current year. There are three ways that inactive voters may become active: 1. Respond to the census 2. Sign a petition and/or nomination paper 3. Vote. If you are an inactive voter on Election Day, you will need to fill out an Affirmation of Current and Continuous Residence and provide an ID to confirm that your voter information has not changed.
- Census Information
When does the Annual City Census come out and when should it be returned?
During the first week of January each year, the Election Department sends a census to each residence in the city. We request that you please update your household information upon receipt and send it back to our office as soon as possible. In the months following the first census mailing, we will send an additional census to anyone who has not yet responded. In May, we will send confirmation cards to all voters who have not replied, requesting that they attest to and/or update their information. It is very important that all residents fill out their census because it will determine how much aid our city will receive for many vital programs including the Revere Public Schools. If you have not received a Census, please call our office, and we will provide you with one. Drop off sites are available until May 1st of each year, no postage necessary. They are located at The Revere Public Library, 179 Beach Street, Revere Housing Authority, 70 Cooledge Street, St. Jean's Credit Union, 184-186 Shirley Avenue, Citizens Bank, 385 Broadway, East Boston Savings Bank, 126 Squire Road, Rosetti-Cowan Senior Center, 25 Winthrop Avenue, and the Post Office Professional Building, 300 Broadway, Outer Lobby.
Please note: The City Census is not the same as the Federal Census. The Federal Census comes out every ten years, whereas the City Census comes out every January. A response to the City Census is essential in maintaining your voter status.
**If you are new to the city or have not filled out your census in the current year contact the Election Department and one will be sent to you to complete and return.
**For data regarding the 2010 Federal Census go to factfinder2.census.gov
If you have any additional questions, we are here to help you. Please contact us at (781) 286-8200.
- How do I vote Absentee?
If you are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day and would like to vote absentee, please request an Absentee Ballot Application from the Election Department. Although we prefer you to fill out our application, we will also accept a signed, hand-written request for an Absentee Ballot with the voter’s contact information clearly provided.
- When is the last day that I may register to vote before an election?
Voter registration closes twenty days before an election. This date always falls on a Wednesday. For your convenience, the Election Department remains open until 8:00 pm on that day. All changes to your voter information for the upcoming election must also be made by that date. The Pleasant Street entrance to Revere City Hall is handicap accessible.
- Who can register to vote?
In order to register to vote you must meet the three requirements listed below:
- You must be a United States Citizen
- You must be a resident of Massachusetts, and
- You must be 18 years old on or before election day
- How do I register to vote?
There are several ways that you can register to vote:
- You may register to vote online at the Secretary of States Online Voter Registration website. www.sec.state.ma.us
- By Mail: You may call our office (781)286-8200 and request us to send you a voter registration form to complete and return.
- In Person: You may come into the Election Office at City Hall and request a voter registration.
- At Other State Agencies: You can register to vote at the RMV when completing your driver’s license application or when applying for social services such as welfare, food stamps, WIC, etc.
- How is my voting affected if I?
…If I change my name?
Whenever you change your name, you must reregister to vote under your new name. To ensure that we process your request as soon as possible, please be sure to list your former name on the voter registration card.
…If I move?
Whenever you move to another city or state you must reregister to vote in that city or state and note your former address on the Voter Registration Form. If you move to another residence within the same city, please call our office and request a Change of Address Card so that we can update you in our system. If you move to a new city or state but do not intend to reregister to vote, we require that you sign a written request to be deleted from our system. This can either be in the form of a letter or you can request the election office to send you a Confirmation Card.
- Where can I find information on different political parties?
The Election Office does not offer information on the various political parties. Instead we encourage you to contact them directly:
Massachusetts Democratic Party D
77 Summer Street, 10th floor
Boston, MA 02110
Telephone number: (617) 939-0800
Fax number: (617) 426-5126
Massachusetts Republican Party R
85 Merrimac St., Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone number: (617) 523-5005
Fax number: (617) 523-6311
Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party J
Massachusetts United Independent Party CC
- How do I change my Party?
Voters may change their Party enrollment by visiting the Secretary of States Online Voter Registration site at www.sec.state.ma.us. They may also call the Election Department at (781)286-8200 and request a change of party card to be completed and returned.
- What does Unenrolled Status mean?
Unenrolled Status means that you do not belong to any Political Party or Designation. It is the new “independent” status. If you are unenrolled and choose to vote in a State Primary, you may request a ballot for one of the two political parties: Democrat or Republican. Choosing a ballot for a specific party does not change your enrollment status. Unless you request a Change of Party card, if you are unenrolled before an election, you will remain unenrolled after the election.