Early voting this week ends at 3:00 PM on Friday, November 2nd, 2018. 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: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx
If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. You must register to vote or make any necessary changes to your voter registration by October 17th, 2018
Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Carlisle, early voting may be done in person, at the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, during the following hours: Early Voting Flyer may be accessed HERE
Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street
Friday, November 2, 2018 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Registered voters also have the option to request an early voting ballot through the mail. Simply fill out an application and mail it the Office of the Town Clerk, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. You can find the application on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2018-Early-Ballot-Application.pdf
Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.
We encourage voters to take advantage of this opportunity to vote as their schedule permits, and look forward to facilitating this initiative