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Massachusetts primary voters can start casting early ballots Monday

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters can start casting early ballots in the presidential primaries on Monday.

Massachusetts is one of more than a dozen states that hold their presidential primaries on March 3 — so-called Super Tuesday.

For the first time however, state residents can start voting early in a presidential primary on Feb. 24 and continue early voting through Feb. 28. No excuse is required to cast an early vote.

Early votes can be cast in at least one location in cities or towns across the state during the regular business hours of local election officials. Cities and towns can also choose to have expanded hours and locations.

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, a Democrat, has said early voting is popular among older and suburban voters — and can help ease crowding at polling locations on Election Day.

Galvin has said he expects a healthy turnout — not just because there are candidates from Massachusetts on the ballot, but because of the vigorous support Republican President Donald Trump has among his supporters in a state that typically leans Democratic in the general election.

There are more than 4.4 million registered voters in Massachusetts. The majority — more than 55% — are not enrolled in any political party.


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