Early voting closes in Mass., deemed success in Fall River

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — As early voting in Massachusetts drew to a close at 5 p.m. on Friday, officials stated they were pleased with their first attempt at allowing voters to hand in their ballots before Election Day.

“For the first time, you don’t know what to expect so I thought it was a good turnout,” said Elizabeth A. Camara, Chairperson of the Fall River Board of Elections Commissioners.

Overall, Camara declared the board’s efforts to be a success.

On Sunday, the Associated Press reported that 405,000 ballots had already been cast in just under a week of early voting. That number had nearly doubled by Thursday.

According to Camara, the count in Fall River as of Thursday night was 3,123.

“The only thing that I find difficult is this the last week for voting, the office is the one that has a lot of work to do,” Camara added. “So I thought maybe we shouldn’t have it the week before but two weeks before.”

Massachusetts voters who were unable to take advantage of early voting can still apply for absentee ballots until noon on Monday or head to your local precinct on Tuesday.

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