Revere Election Commissioner Diane Colella has announced that “early voting” for the general election in November will begin on Monday, Oct. 22 and continue through Nov. 2.
All of Revere’s 28,175 voters are eligible to cast their ballots at the American Legion building on Broadway during Revere City Hall’s regular hours which are Monday through Thursday, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., voters will be able to walk in to the Election Department, receive their ballot, and vote in the election.
“This is a great opportunity for the voters to cast an early ballot,” said Colella. “Voters just have to go in to the American Legion building where it will be set up like a polling location. There will be a full staff there to accommodate them. The voter checks in and receives a ballot.”
Colella said at the end of each day the ballots cast will be brought back to the Election Office where they will be scanned in to the system. The ballots will be stored a vault at City Hall and be brought to the polls on Election Day where the poll workers will process them.
“It’s a very secure process and a controlled process,” said Colella.
The early voting process will not require any additional funding from the city. “The state has a grant program that will cover the Saturday hours,” noted Colella.
Early voting allows voters to avoid the expected long lines at the polls, especially during peak hours of voting in the early evening. The possibility of inclement weather on Election Day is another factor to consider.
“It’s not that there are always long lines – I always have a full staff at the polls to accommodate the voters, but it [early voting] is not as rushed as it can be on Election Day, and there’s plenty of parking here,” said Colella. “Voters can take their time and we will have 30 voting booths set up. It is a little bit more of a relaxed atmosphere because you have 11 whole days and you don’t have to worry about getting to the polls on that one day.”
Of the 28,175 eligible voters in the city, there are 11,851 Democrats, 1,936 Republicans, and 14,010 Unenrolled.