Voting in the State Primary (Updated – Again)

Info on when, how, and where Southborough residents can vote, and who you can vote for

Above: Primary voting opens in a month at the Town House – or you can apply to vote by mail. (photos by Beth Melo)

Southborough voters should have received an important postcard in the mail. It offers you the option to apply for mail in ballots for the upcoming primary, and the follow up election in November.

It’s worth noting that voting by mail is just one way that voters can cast their votes early. You can also vote in the Town Clerk’s office.

While I’m sharing the Town Clerk’s information on voting options, I’m also sharing who’s on the ballot for the state primaries. Reminder – you don’t have to be registered for a specific party to vote in the primary. But, if you are registered with a party, you can’t vote on another party’s ballot.

If you haven’t yet registered to vote in Southborough, or want to change your party designation, click here. (Your registration filing must be received by August 17th to participate in the primary.)

How to Vote

To vote by mail, you can complete and send back the mailed postcard or click here for an application. The ballots will be mailed out on August 12th. (Click here to track yours.)

The ballots will be mailed on approximately August 12.

Primary Day is Tuesday, September 6th, and the State Election is November 8th. Day-of voting for both is 6:30 am – 8:00 pm at Trottier Middle School gym, 49 Parkerville Road. 

Leading up to the primary, you can also vote in person at the Town House, 17 Common Street, 1st floor. Those early voting hours are:

  • Saturday, Aug. 27, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Monday, Aug. 29,  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Aug. 30, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, Sept 1, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday Sept 2, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

If you have any questions, call the Town Clerk at 508-485-0710 ext 3005 or email

Contests on the ballot

Below are details on who is competing for votes in the primaries. (For those that have campaign websites I could find, I inserted links so you can start researching their positions.) Only Democratic and Republican parties are holding primaries for our precincts.


  • Democrat ballot – Technically, the ballot offers a choice here. But the top-listed candidate has already officially withdrawn from this race.
  • Republican ballot

Lt. Governor

  • Democrat ballot – (all three are running)* 
  • Republican ballot

Attorney General

Secretary of State


  • Democrat ballot
    • Christopher S. Dempsey (Rep. Town Meeting Member, a former Transportation Board member, Brookline resident)
    • Diana DiZoglio (State Senator, a former State Representative, Metheun resident)
  • Republican ballot uncontestedAnthony Amore (Winchester resident)

Governor’s Councillor – Third District

  • Democrat ballot The winner of this race will likely be uncontested in the general election.
    • Marilyn M. Pettito Devaney (Incumbent, Watertown resident)
    • Mara Dolan (Concord resident)

Uncontested in primary

We already know which candidates will be on the ballot this fall for the following positions. (Some of the uncontested candidates don’t even have opponents on another primary ballot. However, Non-Party candidates can make a run, and have August 2nd to file the necessary paperwork.)

  • Treasurer
  • Representative in Congress – 2nd District
  • Senator in General Court – Middlesex & Worcester District
    • DemocratJames B. Eldridge (Incumbent, Acton resident)
    • Republican – Anthony Christakis (Wayland resident)
  • Representative in General Court – 19th Worcester District
  • District Attorney – Middle District 
  • Sheriff – Worcester County  
    • Democrat – David M. Fontaine (Veteran, Paxton resident)
    • Republican – Lewis G. Evangelidis (Incumbent, Holden resident)

Updated (7/22/22 4:55 pm) At Town Clerk Jim Hegarty’s request, I added the link to check the status of mail in ballots.

*Updated (7/25/22 9:54 am) I had mistakenly duplicated language from the Governor’s race when I listed the Lt.Gov. candidates. The candidate who dropped out was only meant to refer to Sonia Rosa Chang-Diaz (not to Kimberly Driscoll).

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