Dear fellow Hanoverians:
Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier is delighted to announce that all
registered voters will once again be able vote before Election Day in
Massachusetts this fall. Early voting will begin on October 22nd and
continue through November 2nd, 2018. Prior to the enactment of this new
law, the only way a registered voter was allowed to vote prior to Election
Day was through absentee voting. Although absentee voting will still be
available for registered voters who qualify, only those who will be absent
from Hanover on Election Day, or have a disability that prevents them from
going to the polls, or have a religious belief preventing the same, are
legally allowed to vote by absentee ballot.
Unlike absentee voting, early voting is for every registered voter.
Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. Regardless
of whether a voter wants to take advantage of early voting, vote absentee
or vote on Election Day, the first step is making sure you are registered.
To check to see if you are registered to vote, and to find information on
how to register to vote, you may visit the Secretary of the
Commonwealth’s website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele and go to “Am I
Registered to Vote?” If you need to register to vote, you may do so
online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. All you need is a license or
an ID issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online. To be
eligible to vote in the November 6th State Election, you must register to
vote or make any necessary changes to your voter registration by October
In Hanover, early voting may be accomplished in person at Hanover Town
Hall, 550 Hanover Street, during the two weeks of October 22nd – November
2nd on: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,
Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 12
noon. For the convenience of the public, Hanover Town Clerk Catherine
Harder-Bernier has also decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday, October
27th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the
voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.
For only the second time in Massachusetts, the first choice all voters will
make is which day to vote. Early voting will make the most fundamental
right of our citizens more convenient than ever to exercise. All Hanover
residents are encouraged to exercise that right and take advantage of the
opportunity to vote when their schedules allow.
For more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (781)
826-5000 x1079 or Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Town Clerk Meg Pallotta
at email@example.com .
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