Massachusetts residents have until Wednesday to register to vote in November’s election. State elections’ officials are reporting a last minute flurry from voters checking their status.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin says local officials have been busy responding to voters’ questions.
“We don’t have an exact number at this point; we’re more focused on getting people to register and counting those that have registered. The anecdotal stories’ coming from our local clerks’ offices is that it’s brisk, although most of them are suggesting it’s not quite as intense as it was four years ago.”
This despite speculation that former Governor Mitt Romney’s presence on the Presidential ballot could boost turnout in Massachusetts. Galvin says it’s important for voters to double check their status to avoid problems at polling places on November 6th. He says several hundred thousand voters found themselves on the inactive voter roll in September’s primary. Moving out of state is the most common reason for being listed as inactive. But Galvin says forgetting to turn in a local census form or moving to another community without notifying election officials can also result in being thrown off the voter rolls. Galvin says there’s still time to mail in registration forms, though they must be postmarked by Wednesday.
“If individuals have questions, whether it be about their inactive status or their status generally or need to register, the surest way to do it is to go to their local city or town hall which will remain open until 8 pm on Wednesday.”
Meanwhile, registration deadlines are also looming in Connecticut. Residents mailing in forms must have them postmarked by next Tuesday October 23rd. The final day to register in person at a local election office is Tuesday, the 30th. And the last day for Vermonters to register to vote in the General election is Wednesday October 31st.