CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s “Super Tuesday,” the day that voters in Massachusetts and several other states will make their voices heard in presidential primaries. But even after months of media coverage and weeks of television ads, you may be a little confused about the process.
What are the voting hours?
Polls in Massachusetts open at 7:00 A.M. and close at 8:00 P.M.
Where do I vote?
You can find out where to find your polling place by entering your address on the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. Click here.
Who is eligible to vote in which primary?
The Democratic, Republican, and Green-Rainbow parties all have primaries on Tuesday. Unenrolled voters may choose to vote in any one of the three primaries, however those voters who are enrolled in a party cannot vote in a different party’s primary. For instance, a registered Republican may only vote in the Republican primary. There is no presidential primary for the United Independent Party, one of the recognized parties in Massachusetts. Those who remain enrolled in that party will not be able to vote in a different primary.
What if I’m not registered?
You’re out of luck, at least for now. Massachusetts does not have same-day voter registration, so you had to have registered 20 days ago or sooner. You do have plenty of time, however, to register to vote in the general election, which is November 8.
Who is on the ballot?
Several Democratic and Republican candidates, including some who have already dropped out, will be on their party’s ballots on Saturday. There are also five candidates for the Green-Rainbow Party nomination. The candidates are:
- Jeb Bush
- Ben Carson
- Chris Christie
- Ted Cruz
- Carly Fiorina
- Jim Gilmore
- Mike Huckabee
- John Kasich
- George Pataki
- Rand Paul
- Marco Rubio
- Rick Santorum
- Donald Trump
Are there any other contested races on Tuesday?
Democrats and Republicans will also be voting for members of their state committees. There is also a debt exclusion override vote in the town of Granby.
What other states are voting?
Primaries or caucuses are being held in a total of 14 states, some only on the Republican side, some only on the Democratic side. Ten states, including Massachusetts will have primaries for both the Democratic and Republican parties. The others are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. Colorado Democrats will caucus today, as will Republicans in Alaska and Wyoming. North Dakota Republicans will be caucusing to choose delegates to their state convention, but they are not voting on presidential candidates.
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