Western Massachusetts communities recognized for greater ballot box access

Monson, Northampton, South Hadley, Springfield and Williamsburg commended by Election Modernization Coalition

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the first time, registered voters in Massachusetts can cast their ballots before Election Day on November 8th. As a result, the Election Modernization Coalition recognized several western Massachusetts cities and towns for going above and beyond to make early voting more accessible.

The communities of Monson, Northampton, South Hadley, Springfield and Williamsburg were all awarded with gold medals on Wednesday. These cities and towns have at least one early voting location for every 35,000 residents, and extended both evening and weekend hours so voters can cast their ballots ahead of Election Day.

Registered Massachusetts voters have two early voting options: you can vote in person at an early voting location or by mail. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said it’s important to make sure all residents are able to vote this November. Rosenberg explained that “Those people who may have transportation problems or work schedules that would conflict with the ability to vote on Election Day, November 8th, will now have the opportunity to do it.”

You can find the early voting location closest to you by visiting the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.