The Massachusetts State Primary is early this year - September 4., the day after Labor Day. Polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm, downstairs in Town Hall @ the top of the hill, 1 Cooleyville Rd.
Absentee ballots available now for voting in the State Primary. You can vote:
1. Apply and vote by absentee ballot in the Town Clerk's office. My hours are: Monday 3:30 - 6 pm, Tues - Fri 8:30 - 10:30 am and Thursday evenings 6 - 8 pm.
2. By mail. Applications are available on line, outside the Town Clerk's office or send a signed letter, stating your name, residence, and request a ballot in the party you are registered in. If you are not enrolled as a Democrat, Republican, or Libertarian, your application must request a ballot from one of those three parties. Your voting status will automatically return to "U" (unenrolled) after the primary.
You can send your request for an absentee ballot by email but your signature must be scanned in or include a jpeg picture of your signed request in your email.
The applications must be received no later than 5 pm, Friday August 31. Realistically, in order for you to receive the requested ballot in the mail and return it to the Town Clerk by the close of the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 4, you need to mail in the application by Tuesday, 8/28. There is no mail delivery on Monday 9/3/18.
Detailed information is on line http://www.sec.state.ma.us
Sample ballots are posted here Democratic Libertarian and Republican and at Town Hall, Library, Post Office and the Elementary School. Unfortunately, the primary paper ballots do not include a designated space for write-in candidates. This was not an oversight but a weakness in the state statutes regarding paper ballots. The posted sample ballots have a message to inform the voter on how to write in or use a sticker to vote for any candidate not printed on the ballot. Familiarize yourself with the ballot ahead of election day.