He may be running unopposed, but state Senator Brian A. Joyce, whose district includes Stoughton, issued a reminder to voters to head to the polls for the upcoming state primary election on Thursday, September 6. Polls will be open on the 6th from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
A list of candidates for offices representing Stoughton who will be running in the September primary election (according to the Secretary of State's website) can be found below.
The following is a press release from Senator Joyce's office:
The timing of the election, on Thursday rather than Tuesday, is unusual. The change is a result of the "normal" primary election day falling on Rosh Hashanah this year.
State officials chose Sept. 6 as the new Election Day in order to allow time to print absentee ballots for November to send to military personnel. However, Tuesday, Sept. 4 was not an acceptable date because of its proximity to the Labor Day holiday and voters’ vacations. Because of these unusual circumstances resulting in this unusual election date, Senator Joyce has made an extra effort to ensure that constituents are informed.
“Many Massachusetts voters may think that primary election day has already passed because of ,” Joyce explained. “But September 6 is actually primary day for every race other than president - including important offices like US Senator and Congressman. So while it may not be as high-profile in the news media, this election is certainly very important.”
To find out where your local polling place is, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.wheredoivotema.com. “This year's redistricting may have moved you into another precinct, so it’s a good idea to check,” said Joyce.
If you won't be able to make it to the voting booth on Sept. 6, the website http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howabs.htm has instructions on how to order an absentee ballot. You can apply for an absentee ballot as late as noon on the day before the election.
“However, to be counted, absentee ballots must be received by the time polls close on election day, so apply as early as possible to get your ballot in the mail ASAP,” Joyce explained. “You can even visit your local election office to fill out an absentee ballot prior to the election.”
For those not registered to vote, the deadline to register to vote in the primary election passed on Aug. 17. However, residents have until Oct. 17 to register to be able to vote in November's general election.
Democratic Primary Candidates Republican Primary Candidates Green-Rainbow Primary Candidates U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives (MA-8th District)
State Senator Brian A. Joyce
N/A N/A State Representative (Precincts 1,5,7,8) William C. Galvin
N/A N/A State Representative (Precincts 2,3,4,6) Louis Kafka
N/A N/A Governor's Council (District 2)
Bart TimiltyEarl Sholley
N/A Clerk of Courts (Norfolk County)
Walter F. Timilty, Jr.
N/A N/A Register of Deeds (Norfolk County)
William P. O'Donnell
N/A N/A County Commissioner (Norfolk County)
John M. Gillis
Francis W. O'BrienN/A N/A