North Quabbin Notebook: Voter registration, early voting information

  • Voters check in to vote during Orange’s annual town election at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in June. In-person early voting in Orange will be held at the Town Hall starting Saturday, Aug. 22, and will run through Thursday, Aug. 27. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 8/18/2020 1:30:42 PM

In-person early voting will be held at the Town Hall starting Saturday, Aug. 22, and will run through Thursday, Aug. 27. The hours are:

■Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

■Monday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

When voters enter Town Hall, they must stop at the Town Clerk’s Office to check in and receive their ballot, and then proceed to the Meeting Room where they will complete their ballot and envelope. According to a notice from Town Clerk Nancy Blackmer, the envelopes will then be placed in a box for the correct precinct. Voters are encouraged to bring their own pen, with black or blue ink, for marking the ballot.

While Town Hall will be open for early voting, no other offices will be open or accessible to the public, the notice states. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open specifically for early voting; no requests for birth, marriage or death certificates, dog licenses, business certificates, etc. will be processed during this time.

The last day to register to vote for the Sept. 1 state primary election is Saturday, Aug. 22. Anyone wishing to check their voter registration or register to vote can visit


The state primary election will be held Tuesday. Sept. 1. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Office.

According to a notice from Town Clerk Gretchen Smith, voters who are registered in one of the four political parties (Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian) must take that party ballot. Unenrolled voters voting by mail or in-person must select a party ballot type.

There are three options for how to submit a ballot:

By mail. Those voting by mail must fill out an application for a ballot, which is mailed to Smith. She will return by mail a ballot with a postage-paid return envelope. According to the notice, residents are encouraged to use the dropbox in the parking area of the Town Office to deposit completed applications and/or ballots. Completed ballots must be received in the dropbox by 8 p.m. on Sept. 1.

Early and in-person. Early voting will be offered at the Town Office on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m; Monday, Aug. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 25, 27 and 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In-person at the Town Office on Sept. 1.

The deadline to request a mail-in ballot application is Wednesday, Aug. 26, the notice states. The deadline for voter registration or changing your party enrollment status is Saturday, Aug. 22, and the Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. to accommodate these voters.

All in-person voters must wear face masks and maintain social distancing while in the Town Office. For more information, contact Town Clerk Gretchen Smith at 978-544-3395, ext. 2 or

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