CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)- Massachusetts voters won’t have to wait till Election Day to vote this year.
Voters will be able to cast ballots starting October 24th, in a 10 day early voting period. This is the result of the 2014 election reform going into effect this year. This early voting period was created to get more people voting and help reduce your wait time at the polls.
“Early voting is very useful. Whatever you can do to get more people to vote you should do,” said Roberta Wilmore of Ashfield. “If we’re free to vote we should vote.”
95 town clerks met Friday at Look Park in Northampton for their annual summer meeting. They explored ways to ensure a fair process.
Nancy Talbot, Town Clerk in Ware said,”This is new to Massachusetts. We are expecting a heavy turnout in smaller communities we’re not sure so we have to plan accordingly.”
“Fortunately we can use election workers to help out during that time in the office and hopefully make that process a good one for the people who come out to vote early,” said Andrew Dowd, Town Clerk in Northborough.
The early voting period is different from absentee voting. It allows voters to go to their local town hall to vote in the 10-days leading up to election day. Many communities will also offer additional times for early voting, including evenings and weekends.
The early voting will not affect absentee ballots, which will still be available for people who are unable to get the polls.