SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Wednesday was the deadline to submit an application, to vote by mail in the September 1st state primary.
Your local election officials needed your application by 5:00 P.M. in order for you to receive a mail-in ballot. If you have already received and sent back your ballot, you can track its status on a website created by the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office called “Track my Ballot.” Those who didn’t submit application, have to vote in-person, before or on election day.
For the first time, early voting was made available for the primary, to help reduce the number of voters at the polls during the pandemic.
At the Greenleaf Community Center, 22News asked voters why it was important for them to go to the polls to vote.
“I want to be 100 percent sure my vote gets counted, and I heard so much about this mail in ballot, I believe in it. But things can happen, so i just wanted to be sure,” said Mary Joe Gallagher of Springfield.
More than 1 million Massachusetts residents planned to vote by mail, so they could avoid going to the polls altogether. But the U.S. Postal Service is warning that ballots may not get there in time to be counted in the September 1st primary.
The state’s highest court ruled that ballots must be received by your local election office an hour before polls close Tuesday night.
In Springfield, early voting will be held at the Greenleaf Commuity Center again Thursday and at the City Hall Friday.
Looking ahead to the November general election. You have until October 24th to register to vote, and apply for a mail in ballot.