NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — The New Bedford Election Commission is making absentee and mail-in ballots available for the presidential primary election on March 5.

Any registered voter can request to receive a mail-in or absentee ballot by visiting the commission's office at City Hall located, 133 William St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Request forms have been mailed to registered voters in New Bedford. If the request form is returned to the Election Commission office, it must be received by Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.

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Forms can also be returned in person at the office until March 4 at noon.

Request forms and an online tool to submit a request are also available on the Secretary of State’s website.

All completed absentee or mail-in ballots must be returned to the Election Office by 8 p.m. on March 5. They can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Election Commission Office at City Hall. They can also be placed in the drop-off boxes outside City Hall or on Elm Street by the bus terminal.

New Bedford voters may vote for president, state committeeman, state committeewoman and ward committee in the presidential primary.

Early in-person voting for the primary begins on Feb. 24.

More information about early voting schedules and locations will become available.

Any New Bedford resident who is uncertain about their voting status or polling locations or has other questions about the election can contact the Board of Election Commissioners at 508-979-1420.

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