You don’t have to wait for Super Tuesday in March to cast your vote. Early voting for the primaries started at 8:00 am today and continues through noon on Friday. Here are the hours:
Early Voting for the Presidential Primary Election will be held at the Southborough Town House, 17 Common Street, Southborough, MA during the following times:
February 24 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
February 25 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
February 26 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
February 27 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
February 28 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Voters unable to vote during Early Voting or at the election on may request an absentee ballot be mailed to them.
Please contact Town Clerk Jim Hegarty if you have any questions.
If you prefer to wait to fill out the ballot, the regular voting day is next week on Tuesday, March 3rd. (If you aren’t registered, it’s too late for the Primary. But for future voting purposes, you can take care of that it in person at the Town Clerk’s office or online here.)
Remember, in Massachusetts anyone who is registered as “Unenrolled” in a party can choose which primary to vote in. In Southborough, that’s apparently about 60% of registered voters.
In addition to the big two, ballots are available for two 3rd parties. (Remember, if you are registered with a party, theirs is the only primary you can vote in.)
So who’s on the ballots?
15 Presidential candidates are listed, including many who have already dropped out. As of this morning, the following candidates are the ones still officially in the race: Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg, Gabbard, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren. [Editor’s Note: Make that one less. Buttiegieg also dropped out.]
(There are also uncontested candidates for the state and Town party committees on the ballot.)
Three candidates are listed, but only William Weld is still officially running against President Trump. Republicans may assume that outcome is pre-determined, so there’s no reason to bother with their primary. But there is a contest at the state party committee level.
Three candidates are competing to be the “Committee Man” representing our “Middlesex & Worcester” District, and two to be the “Committee Woman”. (Town party committee candidates are uncontested.)
The Libertarian Party ballot
10 candidates are listed as running for the Oval Office, though Kim Ruff has apparently pulled out. (No contested committee positions.)
Green-Rainbow Party ballot
4 candidates will run for Chief Executive. (No contested committee positions.)
Updated (3/2/20 11:46 am): Pete Buttigieg has dropped out of the race. That now means that only 6 of the 15 names that will be on the Democratic Ballot are still in the race.