For Immediate Release
December 21, 2009
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ABSENTEE BALLOTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR JANUARY 19 ELECTION: REQUEST/RENEW YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION NOW
BOSTON, MA – The Board of Election Commissioners reminds all voters that absentee ballots are now available for the Special State Election for United States Senator, scheduled for January 19, 2010. Since an application for an absentee ballot must be submitted by each voter, the Board advises all residents considering the use of an absentee ballot in January to act now, in order to allow time for the ballot to be mailed and returned.
Given the unpredictability of January weather, voters – especially the elderly or those with mobility problems – may want to consider using an absentee ballot for this election. Voters who have used absentee ballots in the past are reminded that a new application must be filled out each calendar year.
Applications may be obtained by calling the Boston Election Department at 617-635-3767, or through the Department's website: www.cityofboston.gov/elections. If a voter is unsure as to whether or not an absentee ballot request is up-to-date, he or she should contact the Department.
The last day to register to vote, change one's voting address or political party affiliation for the January 19, 2010 election, is December 30, 2009. The Election Department, Room 241 at Boston City Hall, will be open until 8PM that evening to accommodate prospective registrants and those wishing to make changes. Those who wish to register or make changes by mail should make sure that their request is postmarked no later than December 30, 2009. Massachusetts Law does not allow these changes to be made via e-mail.