Massachusetts 2022 Primary Election Guide
Everything you need to know about voting in the Massachusetts primary election on September 6.
Waldy Diez, Wochit
As the primary on September 6 approaches, the 2022 election season is accelerating.
The 2022 election may be a mid-term presidential term, but there are some key contests on this ballot, some to be decided in the Sept. 6 primary, which will directly affect Bristol County for years to come.
The polls will be open on 6 September from 7:00 to 20:00
At this point you will need to already be registered to vote – state law requires people to be registered at least 10 days before the election. If you are registered but have not responded to a city or city census, you may be considered an “inactive” voter. Inactive voters can still vote, but may first need to show identification and state their address.
If you have voted in advance by mail and your ballot has already been accepted, you cannot vote in person. To track your vote, visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx.
Here are six more things to know about the September 6 primary:
Here’s where to vote in person
If you are voting in person on September 6 in Taunton, you will need to report to your district. If you are unsure of where it is, you can use the “Where Do I Vote” tool on the Secretary of State’s website to find it, or contact the Electoral Department in Taunton by emailing [email protected] or by calling 508-821-1044.
- Berkley: Berkley Community School, 59 S. Main St.
- Dighton: Dighton Elementary School, 1250 Somerset Ave.
- Free City: Freetown Elementary School, 43 Bullock Road.
- Lakeville: Ted Williams Camp, Loon Pond Lodge, 28 Precinct St.
- Raynham: Raynham Middle School, 420 Titicut Rd.
- Reboth: Francis Farm (museum building), 27 Francis Farm Road.
If you are voting by mail
Everyone in Massachusetts now has the right to request a ballot by mail to vote absent without apology.
The deadline for requesting a ballot by mail was August 29, but for anyone who has received a ballot in the mail and has not yet returned it, there is still time.
Ballots by mail must be returned to the local election office by 8pm on September 6 or they will not count, even if they are postmarked that day. Be sure to send it back in the return envelope provided with enough time to go through the postal system or bring it in person to a ballot box at your local polling office. You can’t deliver it in person to a polling station on September 6.
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Once your ballot is in a personal box or mailbox, you can’t get it back. And no, you can’t vote in person even on September 6th.
Who is running for a seat on Beacon Hill and Congress
As a mid-term election, primary ballot contests are primarily at the state and county level. No state representative, state senator or their challengers face primary level opponents:
State Representative: Taunton and Easton
- Carol Doherty, (D-incumbent)
- Christopher Coute (R)
State Representative: Dighton, Taunton, Somerset and Swansea
- Patricia Haddad (D-incumbent)
- No Republican in the running
State Representative: Taunton, Berkley, Lakeville and Middleboro
- Norman Orrall (R-incumbent)
- No Democrat in the running
State Senator: Taunton, Middleboro, Berkley, Dighton and Raynham
- Marc Pacheco (D-incumbent)
- Maria Collins (R)
In Congress, US Representative Jake Auchincloss (D) runs unchallenged without a Republican challenger.
Restrict the choices for the governor
With Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito choosing not to run for another term in 2022, the September 6 primary will narrow the race for the state governor.
The Democrats will choose between Attorney General Maura Healey and State Senator Sonia Rosa Chang-Díaz. Republicans will choose former state representative Geoff Diehl or businessman Chris Doughty.
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First challenge to Hodgson since 2010
The two most popular contests locally are likely to be two related to the criminal justice system: the Bristol County Sheriff and the District Attorney.
Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson (R) is unchallenged in his party, seeking a fifth consecutive six-year term. Three Democrats are vying for a chance to face him in the November general election: attorney Nicholas Bernier, Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux, and former Somerset Police Chief George McNeil.
Hodgson has been a sheriff since 1997; the last time he faced a job challenge was in 2010, against former Democratic state representative John Quinn of Dartmouth.
According to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, Hodgson has just over $ 250,000 in his campaign war chest – nearly four times the amount of his closest competitor, Heroux, and three and a half times the cash available to everyone. and three democratic opponents combined.
Primary will decide the race of the district attorney
Meanwhile, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III, who has been the county’s top attorney since 2015, is facing his first-ever political opponent for that seat: former Assistant District Attorney Shannon McMahon.
The polling station has no Republican challengers – whoever wins the Sept. 6 primary will head the county district attorney’s office for the next four years.
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