Photo: Early voting has begun.
Thanks to the 2016 changes to the Massachusetts General Laws, any registered voter of Massachusetts may choose to cast a ballot for the State Election (candidates and four questions) before Election Day on Nov. 6. The law permits registered voters to cast ballots during the designated period of Early Voting, for 2018 between Oct. 22 and Friday, Nov. 2.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to all registered voters of Belmont, an expanded, accessible schedule of hours at one central location, Belmont Town Hall, for this “no excuse” vote-ahead option,” said Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman.
Early voting is available to every registered voter. Unlike absentee voting that is available in every election for only 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.
No advance application is necessary to Vote Early in person; you can decide the date and time to cast your ballot at Town Hall during designated 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 Belmont residents who are registered to vote by the Oct. 17 deadline are eligible to vote in this year’s State Election. To register to vote, find out whether and where you are already registered, where to vote, visit the Secretary of State’s website.
To find out more about Absentee and Early Voting, visit the Belmont Town Clerk’s pages on the Town website.
Early Voting for Belmont Voters will be available ONLY at Town Hall, 455 Concord Ave., during the following schedule of dates and hours, no advance notice is required:
- Monday, Oct. 22; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 23; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 24; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 25; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 26; 8 a.m. to Noon
- Saturday, Oct. 27; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 28; No Early Voting Hours
- Monday, Oct. 29; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 30; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 31; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 1; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 2; 8 a.m. to Noon
“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 at the Town Clerk’s webpage 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 email@example.com or phone 617-993-2600