Secretary Of The Commonwealth Urges Voters To Hand-In Ballots, Not Mail

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin urged voters to return mail-in ballots by hand before the polls close on Tuesday.

All cities and certain towns in Mass. hold biennial municipal elections on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Galvin warned mail-in voters not to put their ballots in the mail this close to the election, as mail can take up to seven days to be delivered. Any ballots received after polls close will not be counted.

“Unlike last November, when ballots postmarked by Election Day had three additional days to arrive in the mail, the law requires mail ballots in local elections and special elections to arrive by Election Day,” Galvin said.

Polling hours will vary across the state, so voters should check to see when ballots are due where they live. Voters who have not returned mail-in ballots can still vote in person.

Ballot return locations and polling hours for upcoming elections can be found at

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