Early Voting Begins In Massachusetts: What You Need To Know

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Early voting sessions kicked off on Saturday in polls across the Commonwealth, though the operating hours of those locations can vary based on community population.

Each community in the Bay State is required to have early voting open for this weekend and the next, information on local polling locations and operating times is available through the Secretary of State's Office. Early voting in Massachusetts runs until November 4.

The Secretary of State William Galvin says that on his office's website, each ballot question has a one sentence statement that explains what a "yes" votes does and what a "no" votes does. Galvin said during a press conference that the explanations serve as another resource for voters who are cautious given recent advertising.

"The ballot questions are significant, and the campaigns of which have been very contentious and contradictory, and so many voters are being very careful to examine the questions before them," Galvin said.

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On Election Day (November 8), polls will be open as normal between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. across the state. There are a couple voting deadlines to be aware of too— first, voter registration is due on Saturday, October 29. Vote by mail requests are being accommodated until Tuesday, November 1, though Galvin urged mail-in voters to try and get their ballots in on the earlier side, as postal services recommend leaving at least seven days for delivery.

Open state positions up for election include the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Auditor roles, among others. Voter can find a full list of candidates for this year's state primary elections here.

WBZ's Charlie Bergeron (@CharlieBergeron) reports.

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