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Getting ready to vote in Wellesley

By Cathy Brauner cbrauner@wickedlocal.com


With the local special election for Board of Selectmen and the state primary on Sept. 1, voters are seeing more debates, letters to the editor and voting instructions.

Those instructions include three options: vote in person early or on Election Day, or vote by mail.


Vote-by-mail ballots may be returned via U.S. Postal Service or in the Elections & Payment drop box outside of Town Hall (across from the bell). Note that the state primary ballot return envelope is postage prepaid by the state. The return envelope for the Board of Selectmen ballot requires one 55-cent first-class stamp.


Voters who have applied for a vote-by-mail ballot may track their state primary application and ballot by visiting https://bit.ly/33DcINB.


To find ballots, click on “Find What’s on Your Ballot” at Vote411.org, then enter your address and click on the ballots. The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation is Aug. 22.

WHERE DO I VOTE IN PERSON?


In June, people who wanted to vote in person reported to Babson College’s Recreation and Athletics Complex, a large space with plenty of room for social distancing. This time, voting will take place at a variety of spaces, but still not in their traditional locations, the schools.

Precincts A (Bates), B (Sprague) and C (Upham) will vote at the Municipal Light Plant Garage at 4 Municipal Way (Rtes. 9 and 16).


Precincts D (Schofield) and E (Fiske) will vote at the Warren Building at 90 Washington St.

Precinct F (Dana Hall) will vote at the Wellesley Village Congregational Church at 2 Central St.

Precinct G will remain at the Wellesley Free Library at 530 Washington St.

Precinct H will remain at the Tolles Parsons Center (Council on Aging) at 500 Washington St.


The Tolles Parsons Center will also be the site for in-person early voting on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday to Thursday, Aug. 24 to 27, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m.to noon.


The League of Women Voters of Wellesley sponsored a debate on Aug. 6 between the three candidates seeking to fill a six-month term on the Board of Selectmen. It can be viewed at wellesleymedia.org/vod-player.html and is also being broadcast on cable TV channels 8 and 40 this week.


MassVOTE is partnering with numerous advocacy organizations to hold five candidate forums. These forums spotlight state Representative, state Senate, and Congressional seats. The Fourth Congressional Forum will take place on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. via Facebook.


This story originally appeared in Wellesley Wicked Local. Check it out here.




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