"This year is the first in which early voting is an option in Massachusetts for a presidential primary.
The five extra days for voters are designed, in part, to reduce traffic and headaches on Super Tuesday - March 3 - when polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the state.
“For absentee ballots, you have to be either out of town or can’t physically get there because of a disability or religious (reasons),” said Franklin Town Clerk Teresa Burr. “With early voting, you don’t need an excuse. You can just come in and vote. It makes it more easily accessible.”
Franklin has set its hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, in order to help accommodate people who work outside of town."
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