Worcester a leader in early voting prep as option may draw one-quarter of electorate

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The city of Worcester is joining dozens of communities across the Commonwealth in aiming for a much higher voter turnout than usual on Nov. 8, the day of the presidential election.

One reason for the anticipated higher turnout is that in a break with tradition, the election will not simply be held on that one day. Massachusetts has joined 36 other states in adopting an early voting calendar. In Worcester, that means voting will begin at some polling stations on Oct. 24 and continue until the Friday before Election Day.

You don't have to wait until Nov. 8 to hit the polls in the upcoming presidential election.

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You don’t have to wait until Nov. 8 to hit the polls in the upcoming presidential election.

Early voting has a strategic component. In swing states that have early voting — Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, for example — President Obama is timing his rallies with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, to early voting schedules. Early voting also mutes the effect of last-minute campaign ad blitzes.

Voting is not just sporadic locally, it is a national phenomenon election-by-election. Some state and local elections, like the Sept. 8 primary in a number of communities, attract voter percentages in the single digits. Presidential elections, on the other hand, traditionally bring out the largest crowds.

[Find a list of polling locations and further information from the city below.]


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