News Deadline to register to vote in primary is Aug. 15

Are you registered to vote? Are you sure?

The 2018 mid-term elections begin with the state primary on Tuesday, September 4th. Eligible voters must be registered by Wednesday, August 15th to take part.

Thanks to online voter registration, it is easier than ever to register to vote or update your voter registration status. Visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website and use this page to start the process. The site allows you to check your registration, update your address if you have moved since the last election and even register online. Voter registration forms may also be printed and turned in to your local city and town hall.

This year’s ballot includes all state offices from governor through state representatives and senators. In addition, all U.S. representative seats will be decided as will one U.S. Senate seat. The September 4th primaries will decide in many cases which candidates are on the General Election ballot in November.

The General Election on Nov. 6 will also feature three statewide ballot questions to be decided by voters, including nurse staffing levels, whether corporations can contribute to political campaigns and transgender protections.

If you are currently registered to vote but will not be able to make it to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 4th, you may request an absentee ballot. The request must be made in writing and can be done using this form. Once you print and complete the form, turn it in or mail it to your local city or town hall.

The Providers’ Council and CareVote are urging our members to help get out the vote and encourage your eligible staff and consumers to check their voting status and register. Our national partner, Nonprofit VOTE, offers many voter engagement tools and resources that are free for nonprofits. Find them here.

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