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Massachusetts will conduct its presidential primary on Tuesday, March 6. The deadline to register to vote in the election is Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Once registered, the voter is eligible for all future elections when voting from the same address.

Voter registration is done at the town clerk’s office, 173 Main St., Groton, during normal business hours. The office will be open until 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 for the purpose of voter registration. The clerk can be contacted at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org.

This primary election will choose presidential candidates for each political party. The party winners of the primary election will then run in the general election on Nov. 6.

A note about primary elections: Only voters registered in a political party holding a primary, or “unenrolled” are eligible to vote in a primary election. If one is registered in a political party (i.e. Republican, Democrat or Libertarian), one is entitled to vote in that party’s primary, only. If one is registered as “unenrolled” (independent), the voter may chose the primary ballot of any of the parties.

Please contact the town clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org if you have any questions.

Nomination papers for Groton’s elected offices are available. If you’ve thought about serving in an elected capacity, now is the time. Almost all offices have expiring terms. A complete list of openings is available at www.townofgroton.org .

The nomination process is simple. Nomination papers can be obtained from the town clerk’s office. Contact the town clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org) if you have questions.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE AVAILABLE

Absentee ballots for the March 6 presidential preference primary are now available at the town clerk’s office.

Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:

–Will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or;

— Have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place, and/or;

— Can not vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.

Please plan ahead. Monday, March 5 at noon is the deadline to request an absentee ballot. Ballots are available now for those who know they meet the above criteria. Contact the town clerk’s office at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org.