CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Early voting begins on Monday here in Massachusetts. 22News explains how this new way to cast your ballot in the Commonwealth will work.
Massachusetts has joined more than 30 other states that allow early voting.
Alejandro Torres of Chicopee said, “Lot of people who cannot go do not vote because they don’t have time off something like that, right.”
Massachusetts adopted early voting in legislation passed in 2014, but the current presidential election is the first in which it will occur. Previously Massachusetts voters would only be able to cast an absentee ballot if they would be out of the area or otherwise unable to make it to a polling place on Election Day.
The early voting period for the November 8th election is between October 24th and November 4th. Voters can cast their early ballot by mail or can vote in-person at any early voting location in your community.
One man told 22News the convenience of early voting could open room for more mistakes when it comes to tallying.
Dan Sullivan, who plans on voting Election Day, said “There’s so much controversy right now over the fraud with the elections it just gives more fuel to the fire and they are able to spin it, in a good or bad way about whoever and I just don’t think that it’s a good idea at this point.”
Cities and towns have set up voting locations to allow residents to cast ballots.