© 2024 New England Public Media

FCC public inspection files:

For assistance accessing our public files, please contact hello@nepm.org or call 413-781-2801.
PBS, NPR and local perspective for western Mass.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Early voting begins in Springfield, other western Massachusetts communities

Voting sign outside city hall in Springfield, Mass.
Elizabeth Román
Voting sign outside city hall in Springfield, Mass.

Para leer este artículo en español, haz clic aquí.

Early voting for the Nov. 7 municipal election in Springfield began today.

Gladys Oyola-Lopez, the city's clerk and election commissioner, said early voting has become an increasingly "go-to option" for voters since it was first implemented for the state's presidential primary in 2020.

"We had early voting right at the height of COVID. Vote-by-mail was done at that time and those two, the vote-by-mail and early voting have become a pretty popular method voting before election day," she said.

Oyola-Lopez said voter turnout has increased as well, although nowhere close to the average 30% to 40% turnout during presidential elections.

"Typically, we would get probably like a 12% turnout in a local election. I think it's going to be higher than that.. I would say 15% to 17%," she said.

The early voting period at Springfield City Hall will end Friday Nov. 3. Absentee or vote-by-mail ballots will be accepted - either inside city hall or outside in the monitored election box - until election night Nov. 7.

Other communities offering early in-person voting include Chicopee, Westfield and North Adams. There will be mayoral elections in all of those communities as well as Greenfield, Pittsfield and Agawam.

Kari Njiiri is a senior reporter and longtime host and producer of "Jazz Safari," a musical journey through the jazz world and beyond, broadcast Saturday nights on NEPM Radio. He's also the local host of NPR’s "All Things Considered."
Related Content