Early voting continues into the weekend

As of Friday morning over 900 people had already voted in the city of Chicopee

early voting at Holyoke Soldiers Home

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Early voting has been smooth sailing so far for Chicopee. As of Friday morning, more than 900 people had already voted in the city. West Springfield and South Hadley both have also seen over 1,000 voters.

Many who are busy on Election Day are getting a chance to vote at their convenience.

“I think it’s a great thing that they started, because the polls get so crowded on that day and this will get the people who work or have other commitments to get out there and vote and make sure their views get voted for,” said Chicopee resident Lionel Thoroux.

In Chicopee, much like other cities and towns, voters will actually have a chance to vote on the weekend. Polls hours vary by location but many of them have weekend hours.

For anyone nervous about how early voting works, the Chicopee City Clerk told 22News it’s very secure.

“You fill out your ballot and you then place it in an envelope which is presented to our poll workers, they put it in a metal lock box which at the end of the day gets locked up in our vault. When early voting is all concluded we will bring all the envelopes to all the respective polls and the will be opened in the presence of the police officer on duty and the warden,” said Keith Rattell, Chicopee City Clerk.

Registered voters have until November 4 to cast their ballots early.

Click here to find out where you can vote early in your community, and what hours early voting will be available.

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