From press release materials
All registered voters in Massachusetts will be able to vote before Election Day (11/8) for the first time in the state. Early voting will begin on Monday 10/24 and continue through 11/4. Previously, in order to vote before election day, voters had to use an absentee ballot and had to state one of three reasons why they needed an absentee ballot. That option is still available, but early voting is different.
Early voting is available to every registered voter, and voters do not have to give a reason for voting early. All municipalities in Massachusetts are required to offer early voting.
Voters still must be registered to vote, and must be registered by October 19 at 8 p.m. Voters may visit
To check to see if you are registered to vote, and to find information on how to register to vote, you may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: www. sec.state.ma.us/ele. If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA. com. All you need is a license or I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online.
Residents may register to vote at their town/city clerk’s office. Fairhaven’s town clerk office will be open until 8 p.m. on October 19, for residents to register.
PLEASE NOTE: Once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.
In Fairhaven, early voting can be done in person at the Fairhaven Fire Station Meeting Room at 146 Washington Street during the following dates and times: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For public convenience, Fairhaven has also decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Town Hall, 40 Center Street.
In Acushnet, early voting can be done at Town Hall, 122 Main St., Monday, October, 10/24, through Friday, November, 11/4,, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the following Tuesdays: October 25th and November 1st, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Those voters interested in early voting by mail may do so by completing an Early Voting application found on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http:// www.sec.state.ma.us/ele and mailing the completed application to
• Acushnet Residents: Acushnet Town Clerk, 122 Main St., Acushnet, MA 02743.
• Fairahven Residents: Town Clerk’s Office, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719.
From the Secretary of State
For the first time in Massachusetts, the first choice all voters will make is which day to vote. Early voting will make the most fundamental right of our citizens more convenient than ever to exercise. We encourage all of our citizens to exercise that right and take advantage of the opportunity to vote on their schedules.
For more information, visit http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/
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