The state primary election is scheduled for Sept. 1, with the last day to register to vote set for this Saturday, Aug. 22.

“The biggest difference between this election in September and the June election is that we have early voting and early voting by mail,” said Town Clerk Austin Simko.

On the last day of registration Saturday, the Board of Registrars of Voters will hold extended hours from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Offices on 36 Bartlet St. These hours are being held for those who would like to register as new voters or change their party enrollment.

Residents can also register online at

For those who would like to vote in person, polling hours will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The following precincts will vote in the following locations:

* Precincts 1 and 3: The Youth Center on Whittier Court

* Precincts 4, 5 and 6: The Wood Hill Middle School

* Precincts 2, 7, and 7a, 8 and 9: The Andover High School Richard J. Collins Field House on Shawsheen Road

Those who want to vote in person early can do so Saturday, Aug. 22 to Friday, Aug. 28 at the Andover High School Richard J. Collins Field House, 80 Shawsheen Road. All precincts can vote early at this location.

The hours for early voting are as follows:

* Saturday, Aug. 22: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

* Sunday, Aug. 23: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

* Monday, Aug. 24: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

* Tuesday, Aug. 25: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

* Wednesday, Aug. 26: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

* Thursday, Aug. 27: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

* Friday, Aug. 28: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

There are also two ways to vote by mail: mail-in early voting and absentee voting. For those who have already submitted an absentee ballot application earlier this year, requesting ballots for both the September and November elections, there is no need to request the ballots again.

However, if a voter previously submitted an absentee ballot application but did not request a ballot for the Sept.1 state primary or the Nov. 3 general election, that voter must submit an additional application to vote in the upcoming elections.

Voters may also vote by mail early without having the justification necessary to vote absentee. In order to vote early by mail go to the town website: Fill out the form and the town clerk's office will mail out a pre-paid postage envelope.

Mail-in early voting ballots must be received by the town Clerk's office at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1.


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