Debates have been heating up all winter among candidates vying for John Kerry's seat in the US Senate and the Andover Town Clerk's office is making sure Andover residents will be all set in voting for their party's candidate.
Andover Town Clerk Lawrence Murphy said that voters will be going to two separate locations to vote in the Special Primary on April 30. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Precincts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and Sub-precinct 9A will vote at the Andover High School Field House on Shawsheen Road. Meanwhile, Precincts 1, 7, Sub-precinct 7A and Precinct 8 will vote at the Center at Punchard, formerly the Andover Senior Center, on Whittier Court.
Republican voters will be deciding whether to nominate three different individuals for the US Sente seat, which include State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk), former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez and former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan.
Congressmen Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Edward Markey (D-Malden) will be vying for the Democratic nomination along with former Medfield Press editor Brett Rhyne as a write-in candidate.
Voter’s can check for their current precinct and polling place by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-623-8255 or by going on the Town Web Site at www.andoverma.gov. On the Web Site go to the Main Menu for Department Directory and choose the Town Clerk and then Precinct Search.
The last day and hour to register to vote for this election is 8:00 PM on Wednesday April 10th. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 8:00 PM that evening for voter registration. Mail in voter registration forms are available on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/index.htm. The form can also be accessed on the Town Clerk’s page of the Town Web site at www.andoverma.gov. This is a fillable pdf form which can be filled, printed and mailed or hand delivered to the Town Clerk’s Office. If mailed it must be postmarked by April 10. If hand delivered it must be received in the Town Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on April 10.
The last day and hour to apply for an absentee ballot is noon on Monday, April 29. Absentee ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office.
There will be an election shuttle bus, Modified Rt. 21, from the Center at Punchard that will make stops at the Town Offices, Railroad Street Apartments and Frye Circle as well as the High School.
Questions may be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office at (978) 623-8255.
The Andover Town Clerk's office provided information for this article.