2018 MASSACHUSETTS STATE PRIMARY ELECTION INFORMATION
On May 3, 2018 the City Council authorized the discontinuance of the Optic Eagle II Optical Scanner and Tabulator and further authorized the use of the ImageCast Precinct Optical Scanner and Tabulator beginning with the September 4, 2018 State Primary Election.
For Northampton Voters this will require a new way to mark the ballot. Instructions on how to mark the ballot will be posted at every voting location.
LHS Associates, Inc. has prepared a short video that shows what the voter may experience when they attend the polls. To view this informational video, Click HERE.
The 2018 State Election will take place on September 4, 2018
Polling locations will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on the day of the election. Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:
- will be absent from the city on election day, and/or
- have a physical disability that prevents voting at the polls, and/or
- cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs
The deadline to apply for absentee ballots is noon the day before the election. You may absentee vote in the City Clerk’s office during regular office hours beginning August 13, 2018 up until 5 pm August 31, 2018. If you would like an absentee ballot please visit the City Clerk’s Website for instructions. (Note: There is no “EARLY VOTING” for primary elections at this time.) Here is the web address:
Please note that the last day to register to vote for this election is August 15, 2018. The City Clerk’s office will be open until 8pm.
Are you a Service member or family member or Northampton Registered Voter living overseas? Click HERE for information on Voting. You will be redirected to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.
PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING AT THE POLLS
Applications are available by in the City Clerk’s Office or you may download an application from the City Clerk website @ HERE.
There are open positions for Wardens, Clerks and Inspectors. Training is provided.
Other Information: You must be a registered voter in Massachusetts in order to be a poll worker. Poll worker assignments are at the discretion of the precinct warden. Election workers cannot vote absentee solely due to the fact that they are working in Northampton on Election Day. Part-time workers may vote while they are off duty; full time workers should arrange to vote during lunch break or during a slow time of day as approved by the Warden.
The Massachusetts Secretary of State's Office offers this Find My Election Location site to enter your information and find your polling location. To contact the Northampton Registrar of Voters please call 413-587-1290 or 413-587-1291.
- Ward 1 precincts A and B: Jackson Street School Gymnasium, 120 Jackson Street
- Ward 2 precincts A and B: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust Street
- Ward 3 precincts A and B: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street
- Ward 4 precincts A and B: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street
- Ward 5 precinct A: Florence Civic and Business Building, 90 Park Street
- Ward 5 precinct B: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust Street
- Ward 6 precincts A and B: Robert K. Finn Ryan Road School, 498 Ryan Road, Florence
- Ward 7 precinct A: John F. Kennedy Middle School Community Room, 100 Bridge Road, Florence
- Ward 7 precinct B: Leeds School gymnasium, 20 Florence Street, Leeds
The polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.