Early voting gets underway in Massachusetts

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Massachusetts residents who won’t be able to make it to the polls on Election Day can submit their ballots early starting on Monday.

Early voting got underway for the first time Monday in communities around the Commonwealth.

Voters wishing to cast their ballots can do so by mail or at their municipality’s designated location. Visit the Sec. of Commonwealth William Gavin’s website for locations and times.

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According to the chairperson for the Fall River Board of Elections Commissioners Elizabeth Camara, early voting will cost the city about $26,000 due to the need for extra staffing and supplies.

“It’s been quite the process. A lot of work to do, a lot of planning,” said Camara.

Residents said their work was worthwhile, though. “It’s been such a crazy election, with so many elections, so I felt like I just wanted to get it over with,” one voter said.

Early voting in Fall River is available in the atrium of Government Center on the following days and times:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29 (only this Saturday) — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For additional locations, visit your city or town’s website.

Camara also said she hopes that with people voting early, the polls will be less crowded on November 8.

The early voting period runs through Nov. 4.