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Registration, Early Voting Deadlines Set for State Primary

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The last day to register to vote or to change voting affiliation for the Sept. 1 Massachusetts state primary is Saturday, Aug. 22. 
The offices of town and city clerks will be open limited hours on Saturday, most from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8, for citizens to register to vote; contact your town clerk for times and locations. You can also register online or check whether you are registered to vote through the secretary of state's office. The deadline to register online is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. 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 mail, by absentee ballot or by early voting. Ballots are currently available during business hours of each town or city clerk. Early voting in person begins on Aug. 22 and ends on Aug. 28. Find out the hours and locations in your community here.
All applications for an mail-in ballot must be made in writing no later than Wednesday, Aug. 26. An application can be downloaded here
It is important to request a mail-in ballot as soon as possible, as the clerk must mail the ballot to the voter. The application also includes a request for a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 3 general election and this must be received by Oct. 28. 
Voters may request a mail-in ballot and then deliver it directly to their town or city clerk or drop it in a locked box that should be available at their town or city hall. 
Note that once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, that voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.
Some of the towns and cities that sent us voting information include: 
The town of Adams is holding voter registration Saturday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall. Early voting hours will be Saturday from noon to 4, Sunday from 9 to 1, and Monday through Thursday from 9 to 4. 
The town of Clarksburg is offering early voting beginning on Aug. 22, at the Senior Center. The times and dates for early voting are as follows: 
  • Saturday, Aug. 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 23, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 24, 11 to 4
The town of Cheshire will hold voter registration for the Sept. 1 primary and the annual town meeting on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Knock on the Church Street entrance door to be admitted to Town Hall. Early voting for the primary will be held from 2 to 4 on Saturday and 1 to 3 on Sunday, and from 9 to 5 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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, Aug. 22, from 2 to 7 and Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 to 1. 
The city of North Adams will hold voter registration at City Hall from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 on Saturday, Aug. 22. Early voting will be held from noon to 4 on Saturday and 9 to 1 on Sunday, Aug. 23, and from 9 to 4 Monday through Thursday and from 9 to noon on Friday, Aug. 28.
In the town of Williamstown, the town clerk's office will be open by appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and additionally 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. Residents are encouraged to contact the office at 413-458-3500, Ext. 101, or via email at to schedule an appointment.
The in-person early voting hours are as follows: Saturday, Aug. 22, 2 to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 23, 10 to noon; Monday-Friday, Aug. 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Polls will be open on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Find out where your polling place is here.
Please do not forget to vote. 

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Plans presented to the Planning Board in 2018.
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