SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you want to vote in this year’s presidential election, or even in state and local elections, you must be registered to vote. Wednesday is the last day to register.
If you haven’t registered to vote, there are several ways to do so. For example, if you live in Springfield, you can go to City Hall in Springfield, where the election office is.
The general election is November 8. On that day, registered voters will be able to vote for president, members of Congress, the Governor’s Council, the state Legislature, the Hampden and Hampshire County Sheriff, and other local leaders.
If you want to register to vote, but can’t get to your local election office, you can register online. If you decide to do that, you may be asked for your driver’s license, learner’s permit, or non-driver ID. If you don’t have an ID from the RMV, can create an online application to register. You will have to print the form out, and either mail it, or bring it to your local election official. If you mail it, it must be postmarked by the end of the day.
In order to register, you must be eligible to vote. That means you have to be a US citizen, and at least 18-years-old by November 8.
Voters across the country will get to vote for president, and voters here in Massachusetts will get to vote for state and local leaders.
Voter turnout is expected to be high this year. The Holyoke City Clerk, Brenna Murphy McGee, told 22News over the past month they’ve seen an increase in voter registration.
“Turnout for voter registration since the primary election in September has been huge. We’ve seen about an additional 800 people register to vote since September’s primary, which is a lot of additional voters,” said McGee.
Voters in Massachusetts will also decide on four statewide ballot questions. They will be asked whether the state should lift the cap on charter schools, legalize the recreational use of marijuana, allow another slots parlor, and ban the sale of food products from farms where animals live in restrictive cages.
McGee also said that because of convenience, many voters are choosing to register online.
“The voter registration form does ask for the last four numbers of your social security number. If you register online, it will ask you to put in your license number, ” said McGee.
The state is also reminding voters that you could also be asked to show an ID on Election Day. That includes anyone who’s voting in a federal election for the first in Massachusetts, inactive voters, and voters who are casting a challenged ballot.
According to the state, a poll worker can also ask for your ID if they have “reasonable suspicion” to do so.
Massachusetts is also offering early voting this year for anyone who won’t make it to the polls on Election Day. The early voting period will begin October 24th, and end November 4th.
To find out where your local voting office is, click here.