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In December 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to fill the role of Secretary of State following Hillary Clinton’s retirement, and Kerry accepted, leaving his Senate seat vacant. The special election to fill this seat will be held on June 25th; in order to vote, Massachusetts residents must be registered by the end of the day on June 5th.  Registration hours are 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., except in towns under 1500 registered voters where registration hours are 2:00–4:00 P.M. and 7:00–8:00 P.M.

On Election Day (June 25th)

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where do I go to vote?

Find your local polling place by entering your address in this online tool.

I won’t be in town on June 25, but I still want to vote. Can I vote absentee?

Yes, you may vote absentee if you will be absent from your city or town on Election Day, have a physical disability that prevents voting at your local polling place or cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs. Learn more about absentee ballots and how to submit yours here.

Who is running for this senate seat?

The candidates on the ballot are Republican Gabriel E. Gomez, Democrat Edward J. Markey, and Twelve Visions Party candidate Richard A. Heos.

Where can I find more information on elections?

Information on elections is listed on the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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