The Massachusetts State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 and the New Bedford Elections Commission has announced that absentee ballots for this election are now available through the Elections Office at New Bedford City Hall.

Any registered voter unable to get to the polls on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot during regular office hours or may request that an absentee ballot application be mailed to their home address.  Absentee ballots may be requested up until 12 Noon on Monday, September 8, 2014.  In addition, to allow voters more time to cast an absentee ballot, the City of New Bedford Election Office will open on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

In this election, voters will cast their ballot for Senator in Congress, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, Representative in Congress, Ninth District; Councillor, First District; Senator in General Court, Second Bristol and Plymouth District, Representative in General Court, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 13th Bristol Districts, District Attorney for Bristol County, Register of Probate; Bristol County, County Treasurer and County Commissioner for Bristol County.

The deadline to register to vote in the State Primary is Wednesday, August 20, 2014.  The Elections Office will remain open on August 20, 2014 until 8:00 p.m.

Any city resident who is uncertain about their voting status or designated polling location, has changed their address since the last election or wishes to request an absentee ballot, should contact the Board of Election Commissioners at (508) 979-1420.  For the list of State Primary candidates and more information on upcoming elections, please visit the Election Division of the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/.

-From New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell's Office