State Primary Deadlines, Voting Details

By: Staff Reports

Registration and ballot drop box located outside of the Chatham Town Offices entrance. COURTESY PHOTO

With the state primary election approaching, here are some deadlines and details to keep in mind.

For those currently not registered, the last day to register to vote or change party affiliation for the Sept. 1 primary is Saturday, Aug. 22. With town halls closed or limited in hours and access, voters can register to vote online through the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office or download registration forms from town clerks' websites. In Chatham, forms are available in the vestibule of the town offices, and can be left in a drop box outside the door. Orleans and Harwich also have drop boxes at each community's town hall.

The last day to apply for an absentee or early vote ballot by mail is Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. The last day to apply in person is Aug. 31 at noon. Applications can be sent by mail, fax or email; see your town's town clerk webpage for details. Given recent concerns over postal delays, early voting or absentee applications and ballots can also be left in the drop boxes outside town halls.

Early in-person voting for the primary begins on Saturday, Aug. 22 and runs through Friday, Aug. 28. In-person early voting in Chatham will be at the community center. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In Orleans, voting will be held at town hall, but only two voters will be allowed inside the voting area at a time; the rest of the building remains closed to the public. Orleans voting hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In Harwich, early voting will be held at town hall. Check the town clerk website for hours.

In-person voting on primary day will be held at the community center in Chatham, the senior center in Orleans, and the community center in Harwich, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call the Chatham Town Clerk office at 508-945-5101; the Orleans Town Clerk office at 508-240-3700, ext. 2405; and the Harwich Town Clerk office, 508-430-7516.