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Voter registration deadline Wednesday

Voters statewide have until Wednesday at 8 p.m. to register for a June 25 special election to pick a new U.S. senator.

Wednesday is also the deadline for special municipal elections scheduled for June 25, such as in Northampton where a $2.5 million Proposition 2½ override question goes before voters.

Additionally, absentee ballots are now available at city clerks’ offices for those who are not in town to vote June 25. Absentee ballots must be received no later than noon on June 24, the day before the election.

A voter may vote absentee if he or she will be absent on the day of the election, has a physical disability or for religious reasons.

The special state election will choose a successor for U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry, who resigned to become U.S. secretary of state.

U.S. citizens who are residents of Massachusetts and who will be at least 18 on June 25 are eligible to register. Voters who have moved within the state must register again to be able to vote at their new address.

Registrars of voters will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the exception of towns with fewer than 1,500 voters. In those cases, registrars must be open for registration from at least 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m.

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