Guide to Presidential/State Election, Coming Up Nov. 3; Last Day to Early Vote is Oct. 30

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October 29, 2020 by Carol Britton Meyer

For those who haven't -- or don't plan to -- vote by mail or by absentee ballot or to participate in early voting, there will be one more opportunity to vote -- in person -- for your Presidential/State candidates of choice on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.

As of Oct. 27, about 9,000 of the town's more than 17,000 registered voters had already cast ballots.

Early in-person voting runs through Oct. 30. See below for dates, times, and location.

The "Massachusetts Information for Voters/2020 Ballot Questions" booklet with the red, white, and black cover that arrived in the mail includes a voter checklist on page 23 for those who plan to vote at the polls, and also information about the two questions that appear on the ballot.

The first question relates to requiring that motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities be provided with expanded access to mechanical data related to vehicle maintenance and repair.

The second question relates to the implementation of a "ranked-choice voting" system in which Massachusetts voters would rank one or more candidates by order of preference.  Refer to the Information for Voters booklet for full details on both sides of the issue.

Important facts:

* The Town Clerk will hold in-person early voting at Town Hall, 210 Central Street, in the Central Meeting Room on the second floor through Oct. 30. Check this link for dates and times:  No other offices will be open.

* Vote by Mail -- Hingham residents who wish to hand-deliver their mail-in-ballots to Town Hall may do so by placing them in the marked drop box at the end of the Town Hall driveway.

* Election Day Voting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can check which precinct they are in by clicking on the above link. Polling places are as follows:

-- High School, 17 Union St. – Precincts 1 through 4
-- Middle School, 1103 Main St. – Precincts 5 and 6
-- Linden Ponds, 201 Linden Ponds Way, Willard Square – Precinct 5A

* Safety Considerations -- For both early voting and the election, all precautions will be taken with social distancing and keeping the areas clean and safe, McCracken said.  Everyone is asked to wear a face mask when entering the voting areas.

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