Early vote kicks yesterday Monday in Massachusetts – and local elections officials expect to spend some long hours in the…
Early vote kicks yesterday Monday in Massachusetts – and local elections officials expect to spend some long hours in the next two weeks to facilitate voters cast voices before November 6th.
“We’re ready,” said Marie Ryan, president of the Massachusetts Town Clerks Association, representing local officials across the state. “I think people really love it ̵
1; especially with big choices, they do not like to wait in a row.”
Early elections for the 2018 election will kick in Acton, Ashburnham and Hudson, where voters can start voting at their city hall at 7 o’clock, according to a statement by Foreign Minister William Galvin.
Voters will be able to vote their polls in the community where they are registered to vote during the early voting period, which runs from Monday, October 22 to Friday, November 2, according to the statement.
No excuse is required to cast an early vote according to Galvin’s office.
In many communities, including Boston, people can cast their votes next weekend.
Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, CEO of MassVote, a group advocating early voting, said the possibility of voting on the weekends will help more people to vote on polls.
“I think the opportunity to have more time for busy people [to vote] is critical,” said Crawford.
In every society, early voting will be offered in at least one place during the local electoral regular activity hours, said the statement. Many communities will also offer additional polling stations and longer hours.
Nancy Talbot, Ware’s Town Clerk, recommended voter uses the Secretary of State’s website to learn how to cast their polls early.
The voters can look up their community locations and schedule early voting by visiting http://www.sec.state.ma.us/earlyvotingweb/earlyvotingsearch.aspx.
“You can check to see where your poll is [and] you can see how your vote will look,” talbot said.
The voters also have the opportunity to vote by post. Anyone with questions can also contact the State Electoral Department at 1-800-462-VOTE (8683).
More than 1 million people cast votes during the state’s first ever early voting period during the start of the 2016 presidential election.
In Boston, the city presented its own early voting schedule, including the placement of polling sites, such as the Boston City Hall.
On November 6th, Massachusetts voters wake up meetings in challenging competitions for the US Senate, the governor, the lawyer, the state secretary, the state secretary and the state auditor.
They will also decide on voting questions asking voters to regulate the nurse’s crew, suspend the state transfiguration’s anti-discrimination law, and create a commission to consider and recommend a draft amendment to the US Constitution that would abolish the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling .
Ryan, serving as a city worker in Great Barrington and Richmond, said local election officials prepare for early voting by taking steps to ensure that there are enough staff for the polling stations.
They will also update a state-owned database of voters to keep track of who cast their polls during each early polling day, she said. Meetings cast during the early voting period are tabled on November 6th.
“We love being available to people, but with all the work required, and we constantly hope that people will use it,” said Ryan in a telephone interview on Sunday.
When early voting ends November 2, officials did not choose a break, she said – they will spend the next few days ready for the election day.
Ryan has some advice to his contributing officials.
“I beg them to get a lot of rest, and it will be over before we know it,” says Ryan.
John Hilliard can be accessed at John. Hilliard @ globe.com.