Galvin urges potential voters to log in or use drop boxes


With nominations due Monday at 5 p.m., Secretary of State William Galvin on Monday warned those wishing to contest the Sept. 6 primary election against attempting to return mail-in ballot applications by mail and advised them to use drop boxes or the online website instead. ballot application system available on its website.

“Your request to vote by mail in the State Primary will be honored as long as your local election official has it by 5 p.m. today. If you drop your request in a mailbox now, it will not be delivered. in your city or town hall by 5 p.m. today,” Galvin said in a statement.

Voters can request a primary ballot until 5 p.m. Monday at

Additionally, for a state primary ballot to be counted, it must reach the voter’s local election office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6.

“The U.S. Postal Service generally recommends mailing a ballot no later than a week before Election Day. With the holiday weekend coming up and no mail delivery on Labor Day, there’s no guarantee that ‘a ballot returned by mail this week will arrive in time to be counted,” Galvin’s office said. “Voters who mail their ballots close to Election Day should track the status of their ballot on to confirm that it reached their local election office by September 6 and was accepted. Voters still have the option to vote in person on Election Day if their ballot has not yet been received.


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