WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Early voting in Massachusetts begins Monday.
This is residents’ first chance to vote early in a presidential election. You can vote in-person at an early voting location, or you can do it by mail up. If you do decide to vote early by mail you have until November 4 to do so.
Massachusetts in one of more than 30 other states that allow early voting.
Early voting legislation was passed in 2014, but the current presidential election time voters will actually get a chance to vote early.
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.
Some city’s have multiple locations, others only offer it at at one. Days and hours may vary as well.
Every town is required to offer at least one location.
State officials say early voting will help shorten long lines at busy polling places, and improve the voting experience. The state also hopes that early voting will generate a greater voter-turn out for this election.