Early voting in Massachusetts starts Monday

Some polling locations offering extended and weekend hours

BOSTON (WWLP) – Election Day is just more than two weeks away, but registered voters can begin casting their ballots on Monday. It is a great alternative for those who want to avoid the long lines at the polls on November 8.

You may vote in-person at any early voting location in your community, or by mail up until November 4. Secretary of State William Galvin told 22News that voting in-person is the most convenient option, and that people should check polling hours. Some early voting locations are extending evening and weekend hours to accommodate those who work during the week.

The goal is to generate a greater voter-turn out, though not everyone knows about this advantage.

Liz Skylar of West Springfield told 22News, “I feel like people don’t really know about it. If more people did know about it, I think they might. It’s a little strange voting early, since people are used to voting on Tuesday.”

Secretary Galvin said that all early ballots are final; once you vote, you cannot take it back. “You have to have your mind all made up. This isn’t a case where suddenly, a couple days later, you decide: ‘well, you know, I didn’t really want to vote this way on a certain referendum question, I’d like to get another ballot.’ That can’t happen. Once you vote, you’re done,” Galvin said.

Galvin said that all early ballots will be unsealed and counted-up on Election Day.

Click here to find out where and when you can cast your ballot early.