Hey First Years!
For many of you, this may be the first time you have been eligible to vote in an election. The 2016 Presidential Campaign is very quickly coming to an end, and it is now time to VOTE! Every vote counts, so it’s time to head out to the booths or mail out your ballots. Here is some information on how to vote early, how to vote with an absentee ballot, and general Election Day information. Early Voting: For the first time ever in Massachusetts, you can vote early for this election! Early voting runs until November 4th. Depending on where you are registered to vote, you can go to an early voting location and cast your vote now! This is a huge convenience, as lines for voting can get VERY long on Election Day. If you can, take advantage of this! Here is what you need to know about early voting:
- All Massachusetts voters are eligible to vote early – if you are registered to vote in MA, are a United States citizen and a MA resident, then you are good to go!
- At this link, you can find out where your early voting location and times are. These differ depending on the town or city you are registered to.
- If you registered to vote here at Salem State, the early voting location and times are below!
Absentee Ballots: You can vote as absentee if you cannot make it to your polling location during regular polling hours. Many college students vote with absentee ballots as they are far away from home/where they are registered to vote, and this is also a good choice! To get an application for an absentee ballot if you do not already have one, click here. If you plan on voting absentee and have not applied for an absentee ballot, you should apply NOW! Applications need to be in by November 7 at 12 pm; if you wait too long, you will not be able to get your ballot in on time. Here are the steps below to vote with an absentee ballot.
Election Day: Election Day is Tuesday, November 8! Polls are open from 7 am – 8 pm. If you are in line to vote by 8 pm, you are allowed to vote. Some polls can open as early as 5:45 am, depending on your polling location. To find out your polling location, click here and enter your address information for the location you are registered.