NEW BEDFORD — Time is running out for New Bedford residents planning to vote in the upcoming preliminary election to register at City Hall.

The New Bedford Board of Election Commissioners Is reminding New Bedford voters that Wednesday, September 11 is the deadline to register to vote in the October 1 preliminary election, as well as to notify the Board of Election Commissioners of any change in voter name or address.

The Election Commission office,  located at City Hall, will remain open on Wednesday, September 11, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in order to allow the public more time to complete their voter registration process and make necessary updates to their names or addresses.

In the preliminary election on Tuesday, October 1, New Bedford voters may cast their vote for Mayor, Councillor at-Large, and for Ward City Councillor in Ward 1 and Ward 4.

Any voter who is unable to get to the polls on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot during regular Election Commission office hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or may request to have an absentee ballot application mailed to their home address by calling the Election Commission office at 508-979-1420. The Election Commission will announce further information regarding absentee ballots as soon as they are available.

In addition, the New Bedford Election Commission office will be open on Saturday, September 28, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  to give voters additional time to cast an absentee ballot.

Any New Bedford resident whose address has changed since the last election, would like to request an absentee ballot, or is uncertain about their voting status or designated polling location, should contact the Election Commission office at 508-979-1420.