, Gloucester, MA

October 17, 2012

Editorial: Last call to register to vote

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — It’s no surprise that municipal clerks in Gloucester and in Cape Ann’s towns are busy these days dealing with absentee ballots and other issues related to the Nov. 6 general elections.

Turnouts are always high locally for presidential and some state elections, so it would be nice if Essex Clerk Christina Wright’s prediction of a turnout of up to 90 percent would prove true for her community and for others as well. The fact that nearly 400 absentee ballots had already been filled out and returned to Gloucester City Clerk Linda Lowe’s office a full three weeks before the election reflects the interest in this year’s races, especially when just a little more than 500 absentee ballots were cast by Election Day for the special run between Scott Brown and Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010.

But while interest is piquing through the presidential debates and with — for better or worse — stepped-up advertising campaigns for Senate hopefuls Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, and congressional combatants John Tierney and Richard Tisei, it’s important that you first of all ensure that you are eligible to vote. And the deadline to do that is by 8 p.m. tonight.

City and town clerks’ offices across Cape Ann — and across Massachusetts — will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to register those who have not yet registered to vote. And if you aren’t registered — or even if you think you are, but aren’t sure — tonight is the night to make certain that you won’t be turned aside when you go to the polls.

This election truly looms as a important crossroads for our nation and our state, from the races named above to a localized race for Governor’s Council and a series of important referendum questions.

Make sure you can be part of it. Register to vote by tonight.