News & Happenings
The results are in and Early Voting was officially a SUCCESS in South Hadley! For the first time in Massachusetts, voters had the opportunity to cast their ballots for the State Presidential Election up to ten days prior to the date of the election. Thanks to the incredible efforts from staff and outstanding participation from voters, South Hadley had the highest percentage of early voters in all of Western Mass at a whopping 35.77%. The following are some of the statistics we are proud of and you should be, too.
- South Hadley had the highest percentage of early voters in all of Hampshire County.
- South Hadley had the highest percentage of early voters compared to our surrounding towns.
- Out of 351 communities in Massachusetts, South Hadley had the 25th highest percentage of early voters. That puts us in the top 10% of communities (7% to be specific).
- The closest to us in Western MA, based on percentage of early voters, was Monson (#47 with 33.76%) and Longmeadow (#48 with 33.75%), both in Hampden county.
- Comparing based on community population: of the communities with a population of registered voters between 10,000 and 13,000, South Hadley ranked #5 out of 44 communities.
- South Hadley had 12 days of early voting. that means we averaged 336.75 votes a day.
- South Hadley had 108.5 hours of early voting (not counting hours at the COA because those hours overlapped). That means 37 people voted early every hour.
Your enrollment as a voter will affect the party primary in which you can vote at the March 1, 2016 Presidential Primary.
There are four political parties in Massachusetts. If you are enrolled in one of these political parties, you will find the following letter codes next to your name in the column marked “PARTY”:
D – Democratic Party
J – Green-Rainbow
R – Republican Party
CC – United Independent Party
When voting on March 1, 2016, voters who are enrolled in one of the above parties can only vote on the ballot for that party.
Voters who are unenrolled in a party (commonly known as “Independent”) will be listed with the party code “U” in the PARTY column. Unenrolled voters and voters who are members of Political Designations (indicated by other letter codes) can choose which party’s ballot they would like to receive.
If you wish to change your party enrollment for the Presidential Primary, you must do so on or before February 10, 2016. You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person, by mail, or online at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.