Registration Deadline Looms For Special US Election In Massachusetts

The Special Election to fill the remainder of John Kerry’s US Senate term is about three weeks away. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin says voters have until tomorrow [Wednesday] to make sure they’re registered. Secretary Galvin says last year’s Presidential campaign led to a high level of voter registration in Massachusetts. He says almost 4 million voters are eligible to cast a ballot at the June 25th Special Election between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez.
“So we don’t really think there’s a lot of people out there who are not yet registered. We ran a very intensive drive before the election last year, and I think many groups did and it was a very successful drive.”
But Galvin says voters just turning 18, or those who have moved into a new community since the last election, must still register.
“They may not have voted in the primary for the Senate seat, but now they may want to participate. And if they have recently moved, we know many people do move in the June period or summer period.”
Galvin says, unlike a primary, voters don’t have to declare their party affiliation in this election. Local election offices will be open until 8 pm Wednesday to accommodate last minute registrations. Voters can also mail in their registration forms as long as they are postmarked by Wednesday.