SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin is reminding voters who have not already voted by mail that they can begin voting in person with early voting.
Galvin is also encouraging voters who requested to vote by mail to hand-deliver their ballots to their local early voting site. It’s as easy as coming to your early voting site like Chicopee City Hall, and putting the ballot in the appropriate drop-off box, depending on the location.
These options help residents such as Chicopee resident Jeanette Rivera, research candidates ahead of the election with time to spare.
“(It) gives voters an opportunity to research candidates and I think that’s a great aspect of mail-in voting,” said Rivera. “So even if you don’t feel comfortable or confident in mailing your ballot you can just drive up to city hall and drop it off at the dropbox.”
Mail-in ballots can either be returned to early voting sites or put into ballot drop boxes at local election offices or just given directly to a local election office as long as the ballot is to them by 8 p.m. September first.”
Nico Roszkowski of Stockbridge said he feels mail-in via USPS or hand-delivery voting is safer during the current public health crisis.
Roszkowski told 22News, “Right now we’re in really uncertain times, really unprecedented times. People don’t want to have to sacrifice their safety to vote. People need to vote, that’s how our democracy pushes forward.”
This is the first time early voting has been available for a state primary in Massachusetts. The deadline to request an absentee or mail-in ballot is August 26th.
If you aren’t registered to vote for the state primary, you are unfortunately out of time. The deadline to register was Saturday.