Watertown voters who can’t wait until Election Day to cast their votes for President can participate in early voting this fall.
For the first time this year Massachusetts will allow early voting. In the past, people who could prove they would be unable to get to polls on election day could apply for an absentee ballot, but Town Clerk John Flynn said the new rules allows anyone to get a ballot early.
The early voting period will be between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, 2016.
Residents must come into the Clerk’s Office or mail in a request (forms will be available on the Watertown Town Clerk’s website). Ballots will be sent out and must be received by the Clerk’s Office by Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, Flynn said. The votes will then be counted on Election Day – Nov. 8, 2016.
The last day to register to vote in the Presidential Election is Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and the Town Clerk’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. that day.
Flynn warned that if you have already applied for an absentee ballot for this fall’s election you cannot get an early voting ballot.