Good news: You can vote early this year starting on Oct 24

Did you know that early voting is now legal in Massachusetts? See details below and please make a plan to VOTE for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic ticket.

Below, a message from City Clerk David Olson:

For the first time in Massachusetts, all registered voters will be able to vote before Election Day.  Early Voting will begin on Oct. 24 and continue through Nov. 4.

Prior to the enactment of Early Voting, the only way a registered voter was allowed to vote before Election Day was through an absentee ballot.  Absentee voting will still be available for registered voters who qualify: those who will be absent from the City of Newton on Election Day; have a disability that prevents them from going to the polls; or have a religious belief preventing the same.

Unlike absentee voting, early voting is for every registered voter. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early.

Regardless of whether a voter wants to take advantage of early voting, vote absentee or vote on Election Day, the first step is making sure you are registered. To check to see if you are registered to vote, and to find information on how to register to vote, you may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website :www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/.

If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.  All you need is a license or an I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online.  To be eligible to vote in the November 8th State Election, you must register to vote, or make any necessary changes to your voter registration, by October 19th, 2016.

Early voting will be available in Newton at the dates, times and locations listed below.  For public convenience, Newton has included evening and weekend hours.

Newton City Hall – 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Monday, October 24 through Thursday, October 27, 2016                        8:30 am to 8:00 pm

Friday, October 28, 2016                               8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 29, 2016                               Noon to 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 30, 2016                               Noon to 5:00 pm

Monday, October 31 through Thursday, November 3, 2016                        8:30 am to 8:00 pm

Friday, November 4, 2016                               8:30 am to 5:00 pm

 

Newton North High School – 457 Walnut Street

Saturday October 29 & Sunday, October 30, 2016                               Noon to 5:00 pm

 

Newton South High School – 140 Brandeis Road

Saturday October 29 & Sunday, October 30, 2016                               Noon to 5:00 pm

 

Coleman House – 677 Winchester Street

Monday, October 24, 2016                               1:00pm to 4:00 pm

 

Lasell Village – 120 Seminary Avenue (limited parking)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016                               10:00 am to Noon

 

Falls at Cordingly Dam – 2300 Washington Street

Tuesday, October 25, 2016                               1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

 

Golda Meir House – 160 Stanton Avenue (limited parking)

Friday, October 28, 2016                               1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 

Evans Park – 430 Cente Street

Wednesday, November 2, 2016                               9:00 am to Noon   

Please note: Once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.

For the first time in Massachusetts, the first choice all voters will make is which day to vote. Early voting will make the most fundamental right of our citizens more convenient than ever to exercise.  We encourage all of our citizens to exercise that right and take advantage of the opportunity to vote on their schedules.

Early Voting in Massachusetts FAQ and Talking Points

October 24th - November 4th

 

When, Where, and How to Early Vote

  • All registered Massachusetts voters are eligible to vote early

  • You can vote at any early voting location in your city or town

 

Early Voting by Mail

  • Requested ballots will be mailed starting on Oct. 24th.

  • Early voting ballots are different from absentee ballots; anyone can request an early voting mail-in ballot

 

About Early Voting in MA

  • Governor Deval Patrick signed the early voting law in 2014, requiring cities and towns have at least one early voting site open during a 10-day window

  • This is the first year that early voting is available to Massachusetts voters

  • Early voting will be held from October 24th - November 4th

  • Early voting makes voting more accessible, increasing turnout especially for low-income voters, voters of color, young voter, and those who may have difficulty getting to the polls on Election Day

  • Some town clerks anticipate a 25-30% increase in voter turnout due to early voting

  • All valid early ballots will be counted on Election Day, along with ballots cast at polling places

  • When Governor Baker slashed funding for early voting, MA’s Democratic legislature overrode his veto to ensure that early voting would be available for MA voters