Take a day trip to your local polling place on Tuesday, September 14 to make your voice heard in the 2010 statewide Massachusetts primary elections. There are several hot races in the primary elections including local and Congressional level seats.
Governor Deval Patrick up for re-election in MA
This election cycle, MA Governor Deval Patrick is up for re-election. However, though he has no Democratic opponent in the primary, he does face some serious opposition in the November election from Republican Charlie Baker and Independent Tim Kaine.
Voting is a right and a privilege but we often take it for granted. This election year each and every vote counts, especially with the economy still wavering and issues like education, taxes, the environment and immigration part of a heated local and national debate.
Who is running and why should you care?
MA citizens will go to the polls to vote in the Primary races for Governor as well as primary races for all Congressional seats and seats in the MA State Legislature. The outcome of the primary will, of course, have a major impact on the mid term elections in November. With such important local, national and international issues at stake, make your vote count.
Information from the Massachusetts Division of Elections (QUOTED)
Where are the polling places located?
“Polling places are located in each precinct. Call your local clerk or election commission to find out where your polling place is located. The phone number can also be found in the white pages, blue pages or business pages of your telephone book under the name of your city or town.
What hours are polling places open?
Polls must be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for state elections; the hours vary for local elections. Sample ballots and instructions are posted at the polls on Election Day. When you enter the polling place give your address and name to the election official at the check-in table. If your name is not on the voters list read
When are elections held?
Presidential primaries are held once every four years in March. In accordance with Chapter 179 of the Acts of 2007 the 2008 Presidential Primary is Tuesday, February 5, 2008.
State elections occur every other year in even numbered years. The primary is conducted in September and the election in November.
- Town elections usually occur every year sometime between February and June. Each town sets its own date.
- City elections occur every other year in odd numbered years. The preliminary, if there is one, is held in September or October and the election is held in November.
If I cannot read or write English, can I vote?
Yes, as long as you are registered. You may ask any person of your choice to help you or you may request help from the election officials at the polling place.”
SOURCE: Mass Department of Elections, background information, as quoted, above
For more Information about voting in MA: Visit the state department of elections
For the latest news about the fall elections in MA: Visit: Boston.com politics