EARLY VOTING WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 24th THROUGH NOVEMBER 4TH
All registered voters will now be able to vote before Election Day in Massachusetts. Early voting will begin on October 24th and continue through November 4th, 2016. Prior to the enactment of this new law, the only way a registered voter was allowed to vote prior to Election Day was through absentee voting. Although absentee voting will still be available for registered voters who qualify, only those who will be absent from their
city or town on Election Day, or have a disability that prevents them from going to the polls, or have a religious belief preventing the same, are legally allowed to vote by absentee ballot.
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 October19th, 2016—8:00 p.m. The Raynham Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 8:00 P.M. on October 19th for people who want to register to vote in the office.
Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Raynham, early voting can be done in person at the Raynham Town Hall, 558 South Main Street, during our regular business hours during the Early Voting time period of October 24th through November 4th. Our regular business hours are Monday through Thursday
8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.; Tuesday evening 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. For public convenience, Raynham has also decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. for early voting only.
Also, registered voters have the option to request an early voting ballot through the mail. Simply fill out an application and mail it to Town Clerk, 558 South Main St., Raynham, MA 02767. You can find the application on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.
Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.
Please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-824-2700 with any questions.