FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
City Clerk’s Office
P: (413) 786-0400 ext. 8215
F: (413) 786-9927
Agawam, MA, September 28, 2016—
Early voting will begin on October 24th and continue through November 4th, 2016. 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: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele. If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. All you need is a license or an I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online. To be eligible to vote in the November 8th State Election, you must register to vote or make any necessary changes to your voter registration by October 19th, 2016.
Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Agawam, early voting can be done in person at The Agawam Town Hall during normal Business Hours from October 24th thru November 4th and during the following dates and times at the Agawam Sr. Center on October 25th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and October 27th, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as well as The Agawam Public Library on November 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and November 3rd from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. For public convenience, Agawam has also decided to offer weekend hours at the Agawam Public Library on October 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Also, registered voters have the option to request an early voting ballot through the mail. Simply fill out an application and mail it to Agawam Town Clerk’s Office, 36 Main Street, Agawam, MA 01001. You can find the application on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.
Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.