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Last Day To Register For Sept. 6 Primary

Today is the final day for residents to register to vote in the Sept. 6 State Primary.

A voter registration session has been scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2012, from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the Town Hall, 1009 Main Street. Denise Graffeo, Town Clerk, informs residents who have not registered to vote, this is the final day to register to vote or change party enrollment for the upcoming September 6, 2012 State Primary. Residents must be 18 years of age or older on or before Election Day to be eligible to register. Residents may also register to vote during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Mail-in Voter Registration and Change of Party forms may also be obtained on our municipal website at the following link:

http://www.tewksbury.net/Pages/TewksburyMA_Clerk/voterreg

Bob August 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Why is the primary on a Thursday? Odd to me.
Bill Gilman (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I hate to admit that I hadnt even noticed that. Possibly to avoid it being the day after the holiday weekend? We can check with Denise Graffeo for a definitive answer.
Bill Gilman (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 03:56 PM
OK Bob, and others who might have wondered, here is the official answer from Town Clerk Denise Graffeo.... "Good question. The date of the State Primary was originally set for Tuesday, September 18th. When it was discovered that the date conflicted with the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, pursuant to Section 8A of Chapter 171 of the Acts of 2011, the General Court voted to change the date of the 2012 State Primary to Thursday, September 6th." So there you have it. Consider this a mini-version of "You asked ... Patch Answers."
Bob August 20, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Thanks Bill! May be my almost 50 years of living in Massachusetts turning me into a skeptic but I am betting there were other factors in changing from a Tuesday or Saturday to a Thursday.

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