BEVERLY, MA — The Massachusetts state primary is Tuesday, Sept. 1, but the election will be much different this year, thanks to the coronavirus. This year voters have the option of voting in-person on election day, as well as early voting and mail-in voting options.
The last day to register to vote for the Sept. 1 primary election is Saturday Aug. 22. Beverly City Hall will be open from 2-4 p.m. and 7-8 p.m on that day to accept last-minute voter registrations.
You can check your voting status on the Secretary of State’s Website. You can also use the Website to find your polling place. If you missed the deadline to register to vote, make sure you register for future elections.
Vote By Mail
Beverly officials began sending out mail-in ballots to voters who had requested them on Monday. The city will accept requests for mail-in ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Completed mail-in ballots can sent by mail or they can be hand delivered and placed in the temporary ballot drop box located in the back vestibule of City Hall. A larger, more permanent, mailbox-style, drop box for completed ballots is on order and will be put outside of City Hall once it arrives.
Early voting runs from Aug. 22 through Aug. 28. All early-voting is done at City Hall. Voters are asked to enter through the front door and exit through the rear door after they cast their ballot.
Early voting hours are:
Saturday, Aug. 22: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 25: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 26: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 27: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 28: 8:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Polling hours on election day run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling locations are determined by Ward:
Ward 1 – Ayers Ryal Side School, 40 Woodland Ave
Ward 2 – Beverly Library, side entrance bottom floor, 32 Essex Street
Ward 3 – McKeown School, 70 Balch Street
Ward 4 – Cove School, 20 Eisenhower Ave
Ward 5 – North Beverly School, 48 Putnam Street
Ward 6 – Centerville School, 17 Hull Street
Contact the City Clerk’s office at 978-605-2327 or 2328 or 2329, or by email at [email protected]
Dave Copeland covers the North Shore for Patch. He can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 617-433-7851. Follow him on Twitter (@CopeWrites) and Facebook (/copewrites).
This article originally appeared on the Beverly Patch