Marion early voter registration information

Sep 30, 2016

Marion — All registered voters will be able to vote before Election Day for the first time in Massachusetts. Early voting will begin on Oct. 24 and continue through Nov. 4.

Prior to the enactment of this new law, the only way a registered voter was allowed to vote prior to Election Day was through absentee voting. Although absentee voting will still be available for registered voters who qualify, only those who will be absent from their city or town on Election Day, or have a disability that prevents them from going to the polls, or have a religious belief preventing the same, are legally allowed to vote by absentee ballot.

Unlike absentee voting, early voting is for every registered voter. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. Regardless of whether a voter wants to take advantage of early voting, vote absentee or vote on Election Day, the first step is making sure you are registered. To check registration status and how to register, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website, www.sec.state.ma.us/ele. Register to vote online at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. To register online, Massachusetts residents need only a license or an I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. To be eligible to vote in the Nov. 8 State Election, residents must register to vote or make any necessary changes to their voter registration by Oct. 19.

Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Marion, early voting can be done in person at the Town House in the Town Clerk’s Office at 2 Spring St. during the following dates and times : Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:25 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-3:25 p.m.

Also, registered voters have the option to request an early voting ballot through the mail. Fill out an application and mail it to Town Clerk, 2 Spring St., Marion, MA 02738. The application is on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.

An early voting ballot, prohibits voters from casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day.

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