Registration, Early Voting Deadlines Set for Election Day
The last day to register to vote or to change voting affiliation for the Nov. 6 Massachusetts state election is Wednesday, Oct. 17.
The offices of town and city clerks will be open until 8 p.m. on Wednesday for citizens to register to vote. You can also register online or check your whether you are registered to vote through the secretary of state's office. The deadline to register online is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. You may also check with your local boards of register through your town or city clerk to determine if you are registered.
Citizens may also vote by absentee ballot if they will be absent from their place of voting on election day or for disabilities or religious beliefs the prevent them from voting Nov. 6. Absentee ballots are currently available during business hours of each town or city clerk.
All applications for an absentee ballot must be made in writing no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 5. Family members of a person qualified to vote by absentee may request an absentee ballot on their behalf.
It is important to request an absentee ballot as soon as possible, as the clerk must mail the ballot to the voter. A voter may also apply for an absentee ballot and then vote in the office of their town or city clerk during the same visit. However, this process also has a Nov. 5 noontime deadline.
Several communities are offering extended early voting hours. Early voting may be done in person or by mail by requesting an early voting ballot through your town or city clerk. Leave enough time for the ballot to be mailed back, return it in person by Friday, Nov. 2, or vote at the town or city clerk's office.
Note that once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, that voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.
The town of Clarksburg is offering early voting beginning on Monday, Oct. 22, in the Ketchum Meeting Room at Town Hall. The times and dates for early voting are as follows:
- Monday, Oct. 22, 10 to 2
- Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 to noon
- Monday, Oct. 29, noon to 4
The city of Pittsfield is also offering early voting in person at City Hall during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Polls will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. Find out where your polling place is here.
Please do not forget to vote.
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