Know your election day voting rights and polling information

On Election Day, polling places will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We are now just two days away from choosing our next candidates for office. Voting is simple, but your voting rights can be complicated.

It’s our civic duty to vote, and under the Massachusetts voters’ Bill of Rights, you’re entitled to certain rights.

Tuesday is Election Day, and millions of voters will be heading to the polls. On Election Day, polling places will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm. In some places, polls will open as early as 5:45am.

Randall Burger from West Springfield told 22News, “By the time I go into the building to the time I go, I’m going to say it’s no more than 7-8 minutes.”

For those who require more time in the voting booth, you have up to 10 minutes if no one is waiting. If there’s a line, that time is cut in half.

What happens if you chose the wrong the candidate, though?

Santos Ruiz from Chicopee told 22News, “I would totally break the paper down. I can’t mess that up.”

If you make a mistake on your ballot, it’s your right to request a new one. You may request up to two new ballots while casting your vote.

James Biskup of West Springfield told 22News, “You know, maybe, sometimes I might second guess myself when I’m looking at different questions, or trying to understand if this is the right way I should vote.”

Sample ballots and instructions cards are available on Election Day.

Even if you cannot read or write, or read and write in English, you still have the right to vote. You also have the right to request help from an election worker.

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