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November 4, 2012

Letter: Your rights when you enter voting booth

To the editor:

Recent changes in election laws in other states have caused some confusion for voters, but in Massachusetts, laws governing elections have not changed.

Massachusetts voters have the right to privacy in the voting booth, and may remain in the booth for five minutes if there are other voters waiting, or 10 minutes if there are no others waiting.

Voters may also request assistance from anyone they bring with them, or may ask for help from two poll workers. They may receive up to two replacement ballots if they make a mistake, and may bring their children into the booth with them.

Voters have the right to ask questions. If there is anything you don’t understand about voting procedures, please ask a poll worker. They have been trained to answer your questions and assist you. They may not, of course, give an opinion on the ballot questions or the candidates.

If, by any chance, your name is not on the voter list, and you know you are registered, ask for a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot is identical to the regular ballot, but will be set aside and not counted until the city or town clerk has verified that you are registered. If you are registered, your vote will count as any other vote. If you aren’t registered, your vote cannot be counted.

More information about your rights as a voter is available at www.sec.state.ma.us . If you don’t know where to vote, call your city or town clerk or try www.wheredoIvotema.com or the League of Women Voters, www.vote411.org .

NAN ANDREW

Gloucester

League of Women Voters of Cape Ann

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