Early voting: How, where to cast your ballot

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Early voting started Monday for the November 6 elections and all registered Massachusetts voters are eligible to vote two weeks ahead of the midterm elections.

Many Massachusetts voters will exercise their fundamental right by voting on Election Day while others take advantage of early voting.

Early voting ends November 2, four days before Election Day. For many, it’s a matter of convenience, like this poll worker who will be busy on November 6.

“The voting has been going pretty good and I made sure that I voted myself because I don’t want to ever forget not to vote on Election Day,” said Patti Devine of Holyoke.

Prior to that law being signed into effect by then Governor Deval Patrick in 2014. The only way a registered voter was able to vote early was through an absentee ballot. 

Absentee ballots are still available to people who are physically unable vote in person, either because you’ll be out of town, religious reasons or a disability that prevents you from going to the polls on election.

Once you fill out your early voting ballot, it’s placed in an envelope which isn’t opened and processed until Election Day.

If you change your mind after you hand that ballot in early, your city or town election office might be able to help you.

“And if your ballot has not been processed, meaning it hasn’t been put through the machine and checked off the list,” said Brenna Murphy McGee, a Holyoke clerk. “We can actually pull it from the pile, reject it, and then you can have a new ballot and vote that day.”

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