SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Friday was the final day for in-person early voting in Massachusetts.
Early voting polls are officially closed in Chicopee as well as Springfield, where a record number of voters have cast ballots ahead of Election Day.
Springfield City Hall was busy Friday as voters drove through the snow to cast their ballots. Residents checked-in, filled out a ballot, received one of these “I VOTED” sticker, and even got their own pencil to avoid sharing.
We spoke with early voters and Springfield’s election commission that’s been counting all the ballot. They’re already calling it one of the busiest elections ever.
“If it was open, why were we just going to sit around and wait to cast our vote,” said Zakiya Watson of Springfield. “We already know what’s going on so we just would like to get it in.”
Gladys Oyola-Lopez added, “It’s been by and far and all a lot more successful. A lot more people have decided to come in and early vote. That includes the ballots that have been mailed, so the vote by mail option has been a lot more successful as well.”
These are all the vote-by-mail ballots that the office has already received. If you’re still holding onto one, remember you have to make sure it’s postmarked by November 3, and have it get to the election office by 5 p.m. next Friday. You can also drop it in the ballot box behind City Hall.
Over 20 percent of Springfield voters have already cast a ballot by mail or at the early voting polls. According to the state, more than 50 percent of registered voters have already cast their ballots.
Voter turnout in this year’s state primary set a new record, and Secretary of State William Galvin believes the November election will do the same.