Absentee Balloting Deadline Is Today [PHIL-OSOPHY]
Here's your last call. Voters who will be out of town or otherwise unable to go to the polls next Tuesday, September 4, have until 5 p.m. today to apply for an absentee ballot.
According to New Bedford Election Commissioner Manny DeBrito's office, the deadline to return absentee ballot applications typically falls at noon the day before Election Day, but this year, the Labor Day holiday is observed on Monday, September 3.
The state primary this year is Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day, and the holiday shifts the application deadline to 5 p.m. on the last business day before the election, which is Friday, Aug. 31.
Voters can cast absentee ballots in person at their town or city election offices up until 5 p.m. on Friday, but in smaller towns, it's still recommended calling ahead to make sure someone will be in the office.
Signed and completed absentee ballots can be faxed or emailed to a local elections office, and they must be returned by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4. That applies for overseas voters. For residents who are voting in person, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Absentee applications are available on your city or town's website.
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