BOSTON, MA — State party primaries will be held in Massachusetts on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin has announced that absentee ballots are now available in every city and town in the Commonwealth.
“Early voting in 2016 was enormously popular. Unfortunately, the Legislature did not grant my request to allow early voting for the State Primaries this year, but absentee ballots are still the best option for voters who will be out of town on September 4,” Galvin said.
“With the absentee ballots now in the city and town halls, college students who will be heading back to school can obtain their ballots and cast them before they leave,” Galvin continued. “Anyone who expects to be away or otherwise unable to get to their precinct on September 4th should apply for an absentee ballot as soon as possible.”
More than one million people cast ballots before Election Day in 2016. Despite the lack of early voting for the primaries, absentee voters still have the option of voting in person as their local election office in much the same way as they did when they voted early in 2016. Voters should check with their city or town clerk regarding the best time to come into the office to vote absentee.
Voters may also apply for a ballot to be mailed to them, and any written request will suffice. Applications are available on Secretary Galvin’s website and may be submitted by mail, fax, or email. Faxed or emailed applications must bear the applicant’s hand-written signature.
All absentee ballot applications must be received by local election officials by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31st, though those voting by mail are encouraged to apply earlier, to allow for mailing time in both directions. All absentee ballots must be returned to the local election office by 8 p.m. on September 4th.
Absentee ballot applications are available in multiple languages on Galvin’s website at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Secretary Galvin’s Office.)
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