FRAMINGHAM – With three weeks to go before the Massachusetts Primary election, City Clerk Lisa Ferguson said her office has been busy, as more than 6,600 registered voters requested a mail in-ballot, and early voting will start at the Memorial Building on Saturday, August 27.
City Clerk Ferguson said her office received requests for 6,648 mail in ballots.
There are more than 40,000 registered voters in the City of Framingham.
Tuesday, September 6, the day after Labor Day, is a state-wide primary election in Framingham.
Voters who are registered with a political party must vote with that party’s ballot.
On the state-wide election ballot are candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State Treasurer. Also on the ballot are Congressional races, state senate sets and races for state representative.
If you are not registered with any political party, you can request a specific party ballot like Democrat or Republican. By taking that ballot, it does not enroll you in that party.
Voters can vote via mail, via early voting, or in person on Tuesday, September 6.
The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is 5 p.m. on Monday, August 29.
City Clerk Ferguson said of the 6,600+ requested mail-in ballots, more than 1,400 have been returned.
Voters who have not returned them can drop them off at the City Clerk’s office, or at one of two drop-off boxes in the City. One is located at the Memorial Building and one is located at the Christa McAuliffe branch library on Water Street.
Voters who requested a mail-in ballot can change their minds and still vote in-person or via the early voting, which starts on August 27.
Early voting in Framingham will only take place at the Memorial Building at 150 Concord Street for the primary election.
Early voting hours are:
Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, August 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, September 1 from 8;30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, September 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Several voters will have new Districts, new Precincts, a possible sub-Precincts, and the possibility of a new voting location. Sub-Precincts happened in Precincts 9 and 21.
Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who is the Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House for Representative is unopposed on the Democratic Ballot. She represents all of Framingham as part of her district. There is a Republican challenger. The two will face-off on the November 2022 ballot.
Senate President Karen Spilka is unopposed on the Democratic ballot. She represents all of Framingham as well as Natick, Ashland and a couple of other communities. She has no challenger this time.
Rep. Carmine Gentile, who has represented Precinct 3 in Framingham, also known as Saxonville, will no long serve any part of Framingham.
Under redistricting, Robinson and Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis both reside in the 7th Middlesex District.
Rep. Lewis is running unopposed for re-election to serve a portion of Framingham and all of Ashland.
His district will not be the same as it is now.
His District now includes the entire Town of Ashland, sub-Precinct 21C, sub-Precinct 9A, Precinct 17-18-19-20, and Precinct 24-25-26-27.
There are three Democrats on the ballot for the newly-carved out 6th Middlesex District state representative.
There are no other candidates on other ballots, so the winner of the September 6 Democratic primary, baring a write-in challenge, will win the seat.
The candidates are Dhruba Sen, Margareth Shepard, and Priscila Sousa.
The 6th Middlesex District seat will represent all of South Framingham and a small portion of voters north of Route 9. The district includes Precincts -2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-12-13-14-15-16 and a portion of Precinct 9.
A portion of the new Precinct 21 (Sub-Precinct 21A) in Framingham will be served by a new state representative to be elected for the 19th Worcester District, which also includes Westborough, Northborough, and Southborough.
And finally a portion of Framingham will be served by the state representative for the 4th Middlesex District seat, currently held by Rep. Danielle Gregorie (D-Marlborough.)
She is running unopposed for re-election. Her district includes Marlborough and new Framingham Precincts 21B, 22, and 23.