Thursday, August 2, 2012

Important Voting Information

We need your help in contacting all Democratic and Unenrolled college students in Andover who will be returning to school very soon. This is a MUST DO effort. Each student must register to vote and be prepared to complete a ballot regardless of WHERE they may be in September or November. Please spread the word as quickly as you can--by email, face-book, twitter, cell phone, or even across the dinner table. The election information provided below will serve as a guide and reminder for them. 

Voter Residency—You must submit your voter registration form in your home town using your home address. College and university dormitory and away-from-home apartment addresses will not be accepted in non-resident communities.

Massachusetts Voter Registration forms are available at post offices, public libraries, Registries of Motor Vehicles and City/Town clerk’s offices throughout the state. You can also receive voter registration forms from the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office by calling 617-727-2828 or on the web at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm. Since each state has its own voter registration requirements and forms, DO NOT use non-Massachusetts voter registration forms. Submit your completed voter registration form as soon as possible, preferably before you return to school.

Absentee Ballot Information— If you do not plan to be in Andover on September 6, 2012 or November 6, 2012, stop by the Andover Town Clerk’s office (978-623-8255), Town Hall, Bartlet Street, as soon as possible (i.e., before returning to school) and file an Absentee Ballot application. If ballots are available, you will be able to vote on the same day. Otherwise a ballot will be mailed to you. IMPORTANT: Your completed ballot MUST BE RECEIVED on or before the date of the election to count. If you are unable to complete an absentee ballot application at the Town Clerk’s office, contact the Secretary of State’s office at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm for the form and mailing instructions. Submit your application as soon as possible to allow the time for your receiving and completing the ballot. 

Deadline to register to vote in the State Primary Election is Friday, August 17, 2012. The Town Clerk’s office is open until 8 pm. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked on or before August 17, 2012.

State Primary Election—Thursday, September 6, 2012. Precincts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 vote at the Field House, Andover High School. Precincts 1, 7, and 8 vote at the Senior Citizen Center, Whittier Court. Polls open from 7am—8pm. Absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before September 6, 2012.

Deadline to register to vote in the State Election is Wednesday, October 17, 2012. The Town Clerk’s office is open until 8 pm. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked on or before October 17, 2012.

State Election—Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Precincts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 vote at the Field House, Andover High School. Precincts 1, 7, and 8 vote at the Senior Citizen Center, Whittier Court. Polls open from 7am—8pm. Absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before November 6, 2012.

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