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Voter Registration Deadline & Absentee Ballots For Special State Primary
November 9, 2009


For Further Information:        Town Clerk
                                Town House, P.O. Box 535
                                Concord, MA 01742


A Special State Primary is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  The purpose of the Primary is for Political Party members to choose a candidate to represent the Party in the Final State Election in January.  Three ballots will be available for the Primary—Democratic, Republican and Libertarian.

Who Is Eligible to Vote in a Primary?  Anyone registered to vote in Concord by the November 18th registration deadline and enrolled in a recognized Political Party may vote only in that Party’s Primary.  Anyone Unenrolled in a Party (previously called “Independent”) may choose any one of the three ballots for the Primary.  Following the Primary, voters will automatically revert to Unenrolled—no need to complete a Party Change card.  Political Designation Candidates are not chosen through the State Primary process, so voters enrolled in the Green-Rainbow or World Citizens Party Designations are not eligible to participate in the State Primary.

The last day for residents to register to vote or to change political party affiliation for the December 8th Special State Primary is Wednesday, November 18th at 8:00 pm.  Residents who are currently not registered to vote in Concord and who wish to participate in this Election must be registered by November 18th.  Residents may either register to vote in person at the Town House on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Thursdays until 6:00 pm, or by mail.  Call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-318-3080 to receive a mail-in registration form.  Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by November 18th. Residents who are turning 18 by December 8th may register in advance of their birthday, but no later than the November 18th deadline.

The Board of Registrars has scheduled a special voter registration session for Wednesday, November 18th from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Town House.  The Town Clerk’s Office will also be open for routine business during these special hours.

Absentee ballots will be available for the December 8th  Primary by Monday, November 16th, for those voters who are unable to get to the polls in person on Election Day due to (1) absence from Concord during polling hours; (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief.  You may vote in person at the Town House during office hours, or request that a ballot be mailed to you.  The deadline for absentee balloting is Noon on Monday, December 7th.  Contact the Town Clerk’s Office for further information --- 978-318-3080, or via e-mail at

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