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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Presidential Primary - March 3, 2020

The Presidential Primary will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Polling hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Precincts 1 and 3, which have in recent elections voted at the Senior Center, will vote at the Youth Center on Whittier Court. This change in polling location is due to the renovation project underway at the Senior Center. Precincts 4, 5 and 6 will vote at the Wood Hill Middle School. Precincts 2, 7 (including sub-precinct 7A), 8 and 9 will vote at the Andover High School Field House on Shawsheen Road.

The last day and hour to register to vote or to change party affiliation for this election is 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12th.  The Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 8:00 p.m. that evening for voter registration.

The last day and hour to apply for an absentee ballot is NOON on Monday, March 2nd. Absentee ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Voters will cast their votes for Presidential Preference, State Committee Man, State Committee Woman, and Town Committee for each of Massachusetts four political parties: Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow, and Libertarian. Voters registered in one of these four political parties may take a ballot only for their party. Unenrolled voters, often called Independents, may choose a ballot for any one of the four political parties. Also, voters enrolled in a political designation other than Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, or Libertarian will be able to choose a ballot for any one of the four political parties.

We are pleased to announce that Early Voting will be available to all registered voters for the Presidential Primary. Unlike absentee voting, Early Voting is for every registered voter.  Registered voters do not need a reason to vote early. Early Voting can be done in person or by mail.

Early Voting sessions for in-person voting will be held at the Town Office Building, 36 Bartlet Street on the following dates and times:

Monday, February 24, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 28, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registered voters who wish to participate in Early Voting by mail submit their ballots by mail and do not vote in person at the Town Offices during the Early Voting period. To request an Early Voting ballot through the mail, registered voters can fill out an application and mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810. You can find the application on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.  

Regardless of whether a voter wants to take advantage of Early Voting, vote absentee, or vote on Election Day, the first step is registering to vote. To check registration status, and to find information on how to register, voters may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.  If voters need to register to vote, they may do so online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. All voters need is a license or an I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online. Mail-in voter registration forms can also be found on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s web site: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele

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