Friday, Aug. 19, Is Final Day To Register For Sept. 8 Primary

Photo: Town Clerk’s Office.

The Town Clerk’s Office reminds Belmont residents have until Friday, Aug. 19, to register to vote if they want to participate in the Massachusetts Primary on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Aug. 19 is also the deadline for registered voters who wish to change their party enrollment either to another party or to “unenrolled,” which is commonly referred to as “independent.” This should not be confused with the United Independent Party (UIP); a party that will have ballots available but with no candidates printed on them. Voters registered in UIP will NOT be eligible to take a Democratic, Republican, or Green-Rainbow ballot.

To be eligible for a different party’s ballot, the voter must switch to another party or to “unenrolled” status by 8 p.m. on Aug. 19. Unenrolled voters or voters enrolled in political designations can ask for any party ballot on Primary Day, but someone registered in a party can only vote on that party’s ballot. A Democrat cannot take a Republican ballot, and a Republican cannot take a Democratic ballot.

The Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 for voters who wish to change their party registration status or for persons wishing to register for the first time.

Persons who are United States Citizens, residents of Massachusetts, and who will be at least 18 years old on or before Sept. 8 are eligible to register to vote. Those meeting these qualifications who have a Massachusetts Driver’s License can submit their registration online. Those registering by mail should have their form hand-canceled by the Post Office to ensure it is postmarked before the deadline.   Newly registered voters will receive confirmation letters from the Town Clerk.

You may verify your voter registration and/or your voting location here.

For more information, feel free to contact the Belmont Town Clerk’s Office or at 617-993-2600.

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