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Early voting starts today. Here’s what you need to know

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Starting Monday, all municipalities in the commonwealth will open at least one early polling station for a 10-day stretch from Oct. 24 through Nov. 4, in accordance with a 2014 state statute. Unlike absentee voting, you don’t need an excuse or reason to vote early.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who is eligible to vote?

Anyone registered to vote in Massachusetts is automatically eligible to vote early. Not sure if you’re registered to vote in the state? Find out your voter registration status.

Massachusetts joins Vermont and Maine as the only states in New England to offer early voting, though many states across the country already do. If you’re not registered to vote in the commonwealth, you can check if your home state also offers early voting.

What will the ballot look like?

Early ballots are the same as regular ballots. As such, they’ll include choices for open political seats—including president and vice president—and the four referendum questions posed this year in Massachusetts.

How do I vote early?

You can request your early ballot by mail or vote in person at one of the early polling places.

If you choose not to vote in person, you can find a request form for an early ballot online, at The form should be printed, completed, and mailed to your local election official, who will then mail you an official ballot. To qualify, local elections officials must receive your early voting ballot requests by midnight on Nov. 4.

Where do I vote?

If you would like to vote early in person, you can do so in your local election official’s office or at any other designated early voting location in your city or town, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office.

To find the local early voting location and times throughout the state, check the list on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.

If you are registered in Boston, you don’t have to vote at your assigned precinct. Instead, you can vote at the location that’s most convenient. Not all polling places are open for in-person early voting for the full two-week period. But you can drop off your early ballot at any of the early voting locations, whether it’s open that day for in-person voting or not.

Polling places close to Northeastern include:

  • Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Ave., on Monday, Oct. 24 from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Tobin Municipal Building, 1481 Tremont St., on Friday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Boston Arts Academy, 174 Ipswich St., on Friday, Oct. 28 from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Copley Square Library, 700 Boylston St., on Saturday, Oct. 29 from noon to 6 p.m.

During the early voting period, Boston City Hall will be open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some exceptions: On Oct. 24, 26, 28, 31, and Nov. 2, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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