Early Voting To Be Held All Next Week, Starts Tomorrow
Kristen Arute, Hingham Current Staff, August 21, 2020
Hingham Current File Photo / Kristen Arute
This year voters have been offered three ways to vote in the Primary Election. They are Early Voting, Vote By Mail and Election Day Voting. Here's what you need to know.
WHO CAN VOTE?
All registered voters are able to vote in the Primary Election and will be asked to choose a ballot for a particular political party. Those who are enrolled as Republicans may only choose a Republican ballot, and those enrolled as Democrats may only choose a Democrat ballot. All voters who are "Unenrolled," meaning they are registered voters but are not enrolled with a particular political party, can request a ballot for any political party. During a Primary Election, voters may only select one ballot and may only vote for candidates in one political party.
WHO IS ON THE BALLOT?
Depending upon which ballot is pulled, a voter will see a different slate of candidates. Not all candidates have opponents in the Primary Election. Some are running unopposed.
Contested races on the Democrat ballot include the offices of Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress and Plymouth County Commissioner. A sample ballot can be found here.
Senator in Congress is the only contested race on the Republican ballot. A sample Republican ballot can be found here.
Precinct 2 in Hingham is part of the 5th Norfolk District, as opposed to the 3rd Plymouth District, which means that section of town has a different State Representative. That is a contested race on the Democrat ballot. A sample Democrat ballot for Precinct 2 can be found here, and a sample Republican ballot for Precinct 2 can be found here.
Write-in candidates can be placed on the ballot for the General Election if they obtain enough signatures. The number of signatures required varies for each race.
Town Hall will be open over the next week to accommodate Early Voting only. No other offices will be open. The Town Clerk will hold Early Voting in the Central Meeting Room on the 2nd floor during the following hours:
Saturday, August 22 – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM*
Sunday, August 23 – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Monday, August 24 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday, August 25 – 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 26 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday, August 27 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday, August 28 – 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
*Voter registration will also be held on Saturday August 22 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and again from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This will take place in the Town Clerk’s Office on the 1st floor.
Everyone is asked to wear a mask when entering the voting and voter registration areas at Town Hall. The Town Clerk assures the public that all precautions will be taken with regard to social distancing, and all areas will be kept clean and safe.
VOTE BY MAIL
The deadline to submit applications to vote by mail is August 26. Once received, ballots can be placed in the mail or dropped in the mailbox at the end of the driveway at Town Hall.
ELECTION DAY VOTING
The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 1 from 7:00AM to 8:00PM. Polling places can be found at the following locations:
Precincts 1 through 4 - High School, 17 Union Street
Precincts 5 and 6 - Middle School, 1103 Main Street