CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Polling locations are now open throughout western Massachusetts Saturday.
In-person early voting began Saturday morning and will continue each day through October 30.
Every city and town will offer early voting in at least one location Saturday and Sunday. Early voting is available to all registered voters who have not already returned a mail-in ballot.
If you are not registered to vote, there’s still time. The deadline is Saturday, October 24.
One organization is trying to increase voter turnout. The Women in the NAACP will be running their first ever car caravan for “Operation Vote.” The focus is to encourage people of color to go to the polls. More than thirty different community based organizations along with small businesses will drive their decorated cars.
“Some people don’t realize that they can early vote, you do not have to wait until November 3rd,” said Ayanna Crawford, Vice Chair of the Women in the NAACP.
Cynthia Swan, the chair of the Greater Springfield Women in the NAACP, says a lot is at stake this election for black and brown communities.
“I don’t see us being respected in this country if we continue to let these systems spew injustice,” Swan told 22News.
Organizers Saturday said when they were voting they were not just thinking about their community, but their future.
“My 13-year-old, I wanted him to see this. I wanted him to see why this is important,” Swan continued.
“I want my future grand children to have a better life,” Crawford added.
Organizers of Saturday’s event were reminding people of the options available, such as early voting, sending in a mail ballot or voting in person on November 3rd.
Where can I early vote?
Locations of early voting vary based on your city/town. To find a nearby early voting location, you can check here >>
Early voting in Springfield on Saturday can be done from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. at the Springfield City Hall.
Some polling locations are also allowing to you return your mail-in ballot in person at drop-off box locations. Contact your city/town hall for locations on drop-off boxes.