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Posted on: July 21, 2022

State Primary on September 6th: Early Voting Dates & Times

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The State Primary is on Tuesday, September 6th 2022. Polls will be open on this day from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM. In-person early voting will also be available at Amherst Town Hall. See below for details. 

EARLY VOTING DATES & TIMES

  • Saturday, August 27 9:00 am – 4:00 pm *last day to register to vote
  • Monday, August 29 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 30 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 31 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 1 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday, September 2 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Voting in Person at the Polls after submitting an early ballot is prohibited as outlined in 950 CMR 4 7.19.

In-Person Early Voting Location: Town Hall, 1st Floor Meeting Room 4 Boltwood Ave, Amherst, MA 01002

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!!

Save Time. Avoid Aggravation. Know these 5 things BEFORE going to the polls:

1. Are you a registered voter?

The deadline to register to vote to be eligible to vote in the State Primary is Saturday, August 27 by 5:00 pm. The Town Clerk's Office will be open on this date from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM for in-person voter registration or you may register to vote online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ This is also the last day to make changes to your party affiliation. REMEMBER, the Primary is a Partisan Election and you must vote on the ballot for the party in which you are registered. If you are registered as Unenrolled, you may choose which party ballot you want to vote on.

2. Is your voter status "active"?

Voters must return their signed street list census form annually to the Town Clerk’s office to maintain an active voter status. Inactive voters are still eligible to vote but will be required to complete additional forms and show an ID at the polls in order to vote. To avoid having to complete additional paperwork at the polls, voters who appear as inactive can change their status to active by stopping by the Town Clerk’s Office to sign a census form in person up until Saturday, August 27 by 5:00 pm. Changes to the voting lists cannot be made after the deadline of August 27.

3. Can I vote early in person or by mail?

Yes! You can vote early either in person or by mail. See the Early Voting schedule above for dates, hours and location. You can also vote by mail by submitting an application to the Office of the Town Clerk not later than 5 pm on the 5th business day before the election – which is Monday, August 29 by 5:00 pm. Applications can be found on the Town’s website or the Secretary of State’s website.

4. Where do I vote on ELECTION DAY and what is my voting precinct?

The Town of Amherst has 7 polling locations and 10 precincts. Voters will appear on the voting list only in the precinct where their street is located (where they have registered to vote.) Voters are strongly encouraged to know which precinct they will be voting in before entering the polling location. If you are unsure of your precinct, please check here: https://www.amherstma.gov/81/Voter-Information 

5. What will I be voting on?

Voters are encouraged to educate themselves on the many races and questions that will appear on their ballot PRIOR to arriving at the polls. By visiting the website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleupcomingelections/upcoming-elections.htm You will have the option to view your ballot and check your registration status. Educated voters will reduce the amount of time necessary in the voting booths and reduce lines and crowding on Election Day. Sample ballots will also be available to view at the Office of the Town Clerk, 4 Boltwood Ave as well as on the Town Clerk’s page of the Town’s website: www.amherstma.gov/80/Town-Clerk

Questions? 

Contact the Amherst Town Clerk's Office by phone at (413) 259-3035 or via email at townclerk@amherstma.gov 

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