Early voting begins next week!

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier is delighted to announce that all
registered voters will be able vote early before the Presidential Primary
in Massachusetts. Early voting will begin on February 24th and continue
through February 28th, 2020. 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.

In Hanover, early voting may be accomplished in person at Hanover Town
Hall, 550 Hanover Street, during the week of February 24 – 28th on:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday from
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon. The
legislature has allowed for Early Voting on these 5 days; a Saturday
session is not possible for this election. Regardless, counting Election
Day March 3, voters now have a choice of 6 different days to fit voting
into their schedule.

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 third 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
catherine.harderbernier@hanover-ma.gov or Assistant Town Clerk Meg Pallotta
at meg.pallotta@hanover-ma.gov .

For “Around Town on the Web”,
Cathy H-B

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