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November 5, 2012

Absentee ballot requests on '08 pace

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Andover town Clerk Larry Murphy said his office has more than 2,300 requests for ballots, which is about the same as 2008. “It has been very steady, a steady line at the counter, and we’re getting a dozen a day,” he said.

According to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office, a voter may request an absentee ballot of he or she will be out of town on election day, if he or she has a disability that prevents in-person voting and/or if he or she cannot vote at the polls because of religious beliefs.

Applications for absentee ballots are available until noon the day before the election, but they should be submitted early if the ballot must be mailed. Voters can apply for and receive their ballots at their town or city hall, and can vote immediately as well. Mailed ballots are accepted as long as they are received by election day, with the exception of ballots from overseas, which will be accepted if they are postmarked by election day.

Absentee ballots must be returned to an elections official in the clerk’s office and are not accepted at polling places, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office.

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