A ballot dropbox is planned for the McAuliffe Library for the November general election, City Clerk Lisa Ferguson told me by email today.
However, if you chose to vote by mail in the upcoming Sept. 1 state primary and are worried about putting your ballot in the postal mail, there is currently only one ballot dropbox for Framingham: behind City Hall.
“The other box is backordered but should be received by the end of September,” Ferguson explained. “The vendors that produce these boxes are working night and day to fulfill orders from clerks around the country.” The city was fortunate to receive one box in time for the primary because its order was placed early, she said.
You can also return a vote-by-mail ballot in person to the City Clerk’s office. As of Aug. 17, the clerk’s office is open to the public on Monday to Thursday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m., and Friday 8:30 to 10 a.m.
If you’re voting in person, early voting starts Saturday, Aug. 22 at Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building (City Hall). Hours are 10 am to 4 pm this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23; 8:30 am to 4 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25; and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. Note that you can’t return mail-in ballots at the early-voting site!
There will not be early voting at the McAuliffe Library this year due to space issues and the inability for voters to safely distance.
As always, you can vote in person at your usual polling place on primary election day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 1 this year. In District 2, that’s the King School for Precinct 3 and Walsh Middle School for Precinct 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1.
You have until this Saturday, August 22 to register for the September 1 state primary. You can check your voter registration status at the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s website.
There’s more information on voting in Framingham at https://www.framinghamma.gov/vote.
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