By Bob Katzen

Secretary of State Bill Galvin announced that absentee ballots for the November 6th State Election are now available. A voter can vote absentee if he or she will be out of town on Election Day or has a disability or religious belief which prevents him or her from voting on Election Day.

Absentee ballots are now available by writing or visiting a local city or town hall or Election Commission or at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/  Voters may also do it all in one step by applying and immediately voting in person in the office of their city or town clerk or Elections Commission.

“I urge those voters who intend to vote by absentee ballot to apply as soon as possible, to allow plenty of time for a ballot to be mailed to them and to be sent back to their city or town hall by Election Day,” Galvin said.

Early voting begins on October 22 in local communities at which point anyone can vote prior to Election Day.

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