SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – If you want to avoid Election Day crowds and vote early this election year, you may be running out of time.
Early voting won’t end until Friday for most communities in western Massachusetts, but at least 20 cities and towns are ending early voting at 4 p.m. Thursday. Those communities include:
This is the first year Massachusetts has offered early voting, and it has already exceeded expectations.
Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Galvin, said so far, at least 700,000 people have early voted across the state.
If you do vote early, you’ll want to keep in mind that you won’t be able to change your ballot. That is allowed in some states, but Massachusetts isn’t one of them.
Many people support the state’s new early voting law, but Massachusetts is being criticized for a different voting law.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state, challenging the voter registration cutoff. Right now, voters in Massachusetts must register at least 20 days before an election. The ACLU argues, forcing voters to register that far in advance takes away the rights of thousands of eligible voters.
In the lawsuit, the director of the ACLU points out the growing number of states that allow voters to register on election day.