February 25 2016

Super Tuesday Presidential Primary: Your Guide to Voting in Burlington

By: Rich Hosford

Super Tuesday, when 10 states will weigh in on the party races, is nearly upon us and both the Democratic and Republican races are still in high contention. 


Massachusetts is one of the states that will vote on Tuesday, March 1, or Super Tuesday. In total there are 595 Republican delegates and 1,237 Democratic delegates up for grabs on March 1st including the 42 Republican delegates and 116 Democratic delegates that will be decided by Massachusetts voters. 


There are also party town committee members and state committee men and women each party’s voters can vote for. 


Here is what you need to know to participate. 


Where/when: First off, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1st in the Burlington High School gymnasium. The school will be closed that day so voters can park in the student lot on the right-hand side of the entrance road. 


Which party’s ballot do you cast?: There are four political parties in Massachusetts – they are Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow and United Independent. If you are registered in one of these parties that is the only ballot you are eligible to receive on March 1.  


However, all other voters including Unenrolled can choose at the polls which party ballot they wish to vote on that day. 


Absentee ballots: For those who cannot make it to the polls but want to cast a vote, they can apply for an absentee ballot until noon on Monday, February 29. 


Who’s eligible for an absentee ballot? Voters unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to absence from the town during the hours the polls are open, physical disability, or religious belief.


How do you apply for an absentee ballot? A written request by the voter or any family member must be received by the Town Clerk by noon the day before the election. Voters may apply and vote in person at the Town Clerk's office or through the mail


Hospitalized voters: The voter must have been admitted after noon of the 5th day before the election. Voters must apply themselves and designate in writing who may hand carry the ballot to them. Applications can be made anytime, however, the ballot must be returned by the close of the poll.


Any questions can be directed to the Town Clerk’s office at 781-270-1660. 

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