Friday is last chance for early voting

Voting began October 24.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The state’s first-ever early voting period is scheduled to come to an end by 5 p.m. Friday.

Voters who don’t cast their ballot before then will have to wait until Election Day on November 8 to do so.

Secretary of State William Galvin’s office told 22News Thursday that 800,000 voters had already taken advantage of early voting. He estimated at least 20 percent of registered voters would have voted early by the end of the day Friday.

The early voting period, which began October 24, has been so popular that Galvin asked local election works to extend their hours Friday if possible.

Springfield, Chicopee and Greenfield are three cities that will offer voters an extra hour to vote early and will keep polls open until 5 p.m.

Several other cities like Northampton, Holyoke and West Springfield, will accept ballots until 4:30 p.m.

A majority of communities that haven’t extended their hours, however, will close by 4 p.m., with some closing as early as noon.