CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re now two days away from the state primary in Massachusetts. Early voting may be over but people can still cast their ballots without going in-person on Tuesday.
If you have requested an absentee or mail-in ballot you may drop that off at any election office or ballot drop off location. Election officials just have to receive your ballot by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1.
You can traditionally vote in-person at your polling location as well. Cities and towns across the state have also set up ballot drop boxes so you don’t have to mail in that ballot, given the uncertainty surrounding the postal service.
2News spoke with some Chicopee voters using the city’s drop box this weekend for that very reason.
“Originally I would have liked to do it in person but with social distancing I would rather just get it done,” Kyle Kammerer said. “With the whole situation with the post office, I feel like this was the best way to do it to make sure our votes were counted.”
Polling hours for Tuesday are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Make sure you know your in-person polling location and if not, you can find it on your town or city’s website.
The democrat ballot has the most-anticipated races in this primary. Congressman Richard Neal and his challenger Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, are vying for your vote to represent the 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts.
And in the race for state senator, Joe Kennedy is running against incumbent, Ed Markey.
This is the first statewide election since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March, and is the last one before the presidential election in November.
According to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, there are more than half a million people registered to vote throughout all four western Massachusetts counties. 2018 was the largest year for state primary registered voter turnout since 2006 with 21.8 percent of voters casting their ballots.