NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — For the first time ever, New Bedford residents will have the option to vote early in the upcoming election.
The New Bedford Elections Office announced on Wednesday that an initiative beginning Oct. 24 will allow registered voters to early vote until Nov. 4 if they choose to make their decision before the official Election Day on Nov. 8.
Early voting is available to all registered voters, unlike absentee voting where few qualify, explained the Elections Office.
During the early voting period, voting can be done in person or by mail.
Those wishing to vote in person can do so at New Bedford City Hall. In addition to regular business hours, there will also be voting hours three evenings and one weekend during the early voting weeks.
Voting can also take place at the Wilks Branch Library on October 27 from 1-7 p.m. and the Howland Green Library on November 3 from 1-7 p.m.
For the full schedule, visit New Bedford’s website.
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To vote early by mail, fill out an application and mail it to the New Bedford Elections Office, City Hall 133 Williams Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740.
According to the Elections Office, the first step to voting in any election is making sure that you are registered and your information is up to date, which must be done by October 19 for Massachusetts voters.
If you need to register to vote you can do that online as long as you have a license or an I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles available.
To receive an absentee ballot instead, a voter must have one of the following conditions:
- Will be out of town on Election Day
- Have a disability that prevents you from going to the polls
- Have a religious belief that prevents you from going to the polls
Residents with questions about early voting in New Bedford are encouraged to contact the City’s Elections Office at (508) 979-1420 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.