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Midterm election early voting underway

  • Amherst residents Jeffery Cooley, left, Jacqueline Kang, Lise Halpern and Judy Brooks cast their ballots in Amherst Town Hall  on the first day of early voting in the 2016 election.  GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING



Staff Writer
Thursday, October 25, 2018

For the second time in Massachusetts, voters are able to cast early ballots from Monday through Nov. 2. This is the first time the state has offered early voting in a midterm election. Specific days and times that towns and cities will offer early voting varies, and a listing is below.

It was a popular option when the state first offered early voting for the 2016 election. State-wide, over a million people cast early votes, according to Debra O’Malley, spokesperson for Secretary William Francis Galvin’s office. In the Valley, people took advantage of it too – many cities and towns reported roughly a fifth of registered voters cast ballots early.

The main difference between voting early and voting on election day is the process. In advance of the election, early votes are sealed in a signed envelope and are not counted until the polls close on election day, O’Malley explained.

While it was a popular option two years ago, there aren’t state-level projections of early voter turnout this year because turnout as midterm isn’t typically the same as it is in presidential elections, O’Malley said.

For that reason, Cummington Town Clerk Donna Jordan isn’t expecting as large of a turnout for early voting in the town, though many people voted early there in 2016.

Belchertown Town Clerk Colleen Toothill-Berte said she got a lot of positive feedback on early voting in 2016. She said it didn’t increase the overall number of Belchertown voters; rather, it just spread out when they voted.

She does anticipate a higher midterm turnout than usual this November. “I don’t think that early voting is going to cause the numbers to increase, but the nature of what’s going on right now,” Toothill-Berte said. “People want to vote.”

If you’re unable to vote in person early or on election day, you can also sign up to get an early ballot in the mail by using a form on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.

Toothill-Berte’s message to voters: “I think you should always have done your homework, especially on the questions – that’s whether you go to vote at the polls or you early vote.”

Early voting hours

Amherst: Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave.; Oct. 24-26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Union Room 420, University of Massachusetts; Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Fire Station, 603 East Pleasant St., and Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East St.

Belchertown: Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-31, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Belchertown Town Hall, 1 S. Main St.

Chesterfield: Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Town Office Building, 422 Main Road.

Cummington: Oct. 25, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Nov. 1, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Cummington Town Hall, 33 Main St. 

Easthampton: Oct. 22-23, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Oct. 29-30, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Easthampton Municipal Building, 50 Payson Ave.; Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Lathrop Community, 100 Bassett Brook Drive; Oct. 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cliffview Manor, 36 Lussier Circle.

Goshen: Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., John James Memorial Hall, 42 Main St.

Granby: Oct. 22-24, Oct. 26, Oct. 29-31, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Carnegie Library, 1 Library Lane.

Hadley: Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hadley Town Hall, 100 Middle St.

Hatfield: Oct. 22-23, Oct. 25, Oct. 39-30, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to noon, Hatfield Town Hall, 59 Main St.

Huntington: Oct. 22, 9 a.m to 1 p.m.; Oct. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Oct. 31, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Huntington Town Hall, 24 Russell Road.

Middlefield: Oct. 22, 3 to 6 p.m.; Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to noon, Middlefield Town Hall, 188 Skyline Trail.

Northampton: Oct. 22-24, Oct. 26, Oct. 29, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 25 and Oct. 30, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., City Clerk’s Office, 210 Main Street.

Pelham: Oct. 23-25, Oct.30-Nov.1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Oct. 24, 4 to 8 p.m., Rhodes Building, 351 Amherst Road; Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ramsdell Room, 2 South Valley Road.

Plainfield: Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 9 a. m. to 2 p.m.; Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Nov. 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Nov 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Plainfield Town Offices, 304 Main St.

South Hadley: Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Room 108, South Hadley Town Hall, 116 Main St.

Southampton: Oct. 22-25, 29, 31, and Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 26, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov. 2, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Southampton Town Hall, 210 College Highway.

Westhampton: Oct. 22, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Oct. 29, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Town Clerk’s Office, 1 South Road.

Williamsburg: Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Williamsburg Town Hall, 141 Main St., Haydenville

Worthington: Oct. 22-25, Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Worthington Town Hall, 160 Huntington Road.

With reporting by staff writers Dusty Christensen, Bera Dunau, Luis Fieldman, Scott Merzbach, and Jacquelyn Voghel.