In-person early voting for the Nov. 3 presidential election begins this Saturday, Oct. 17 and continues daily through Oct. 30, and residents planning to vote absentee or through early mail-in should have their ballots in-hand any day now.
Chatham residents' mail-in and absentee ballots arrived at the town clerk's office Oct. 8 and are now being sent out. The ballots can be returned via mail or left in the drop box on the side entrance of the downtown town offices. Both Harwich and Orleans also have drop boxes for ballots located at each community's town hall.
Voters can request that an early vote ballot be sent to them by mail as late as Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Officials are urging voters to make their requests as early as possible to avoid possible mail delays. Applications can be found at www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Vote-by-Mail-Application.pdf, and are also available at town clerk's offices.
In-person voting in Chatham will be held at the community center on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and weekdays Oct. 19 through 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In Harwich, in-person early voting will be held at town hall on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Early voting in Orleans will take place at town hall. Because of limited occupancy, voters are asked to queue outside. Days and times are Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The ballot includes races for president, senator, representative and Barnstable County Commission, as well as two ballot questions. One question seeks changes to the Right to Repair law, while the other seeks endorsement of ranked-choice voting. Copies of the ballot can be viewed at the secretary of state's website.
On Nov. 3 polls will be open on Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting in Chatham will be at the community center, in Orleans at the senior center and in Harwich at the community center.
Those who are not yet registered have until Oct. 24 to register or change party affiliation. Registration can be done at the town clerk's office or at www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR.