Photo: Town Clerk Ellen Cushman registering Belmont High School students allowing them to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Recent changes to the Massachusetts General Laws gives all registered voters the opportunity to cast a ballot for the Presidential and State Election before the Nov. 8 Election Day, according to a statement from Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman.
The new law permits voters to cast ballots during the designated period of Early Voting from Oct. 24 and Nov. 4. Those times includes Saturday, Oct. 29 and night hours until 8 p.m.
“In Belmont, we are excited to offer this opportunity to our registered voters, an expanded, accessible schedule of hours at one central location, Belmont Town Hall, for this ‘no excuse’ vote-ahead option,”
Unlike absentee voting that is available in every election only to those voters who will be absent from Belmont, or have a physical disability preventing the voter from going to the polls or with a religious belief preventing the voter from going to the polls on Election Day, Early Voting is available to anyone.
No advance application is necessary to vote in person; voters can decide the date and time to cast their ballot in person at Town Hall during the Early Voting hours. Once the voter has cast an Early Voting Ballot, that voter may not vote at the polls on Election Day or receive an absentee ballot.
Only residents who were registered to vote by Oct. 19, are eligible to vote in this year’s Presidential State Election. To find out whether and where you are already registered, and where to vote or to inquire about absentee voting, visit www.123Voter.com
Visit the Belmont Town Clerk’s pages on the Town of Belmont website to explore elections information.
Early Voting for Belmont Voters will be available ONLY at Town Hall, 455 Concord Ave., and only on the following schedule of dates and hours:
- Monday, Oct. 24; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 25; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 26; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 27; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 28; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 29; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 30; No Early Voting Hours
- Monday, Oct. 31; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 1; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 2; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 3; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 4; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Pick the most convenient date and time for you and give Early Voting a try. It’s always advisable to have your ID with you when you go to vote either on election day or for Early Voting,” said Cushman.
“Written, signed absentee applications and Early Voting applications that request us to mail you a ballot are also available, online or at the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall. If you have questions or need additional information, email the Town Clerk’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 617-993-2600,” she said.
“We’re here to help,” said Cushman.