AUBURN, Mass. – As Auburn Town Clerk Ellen Gaboury prepares for the election on Nov. 6, she wants residents to check if they have active-voter status, especially if they failed to answer the most recent town census.
“If they come in on Election Day and they’re not active, then it will slow up the process,” Gaboury said. “It’s better to check now than to make it time-consuming and run into a problem on Election Day. We want it to be smooth and quick at the polls.”
Gaboury said that if the individual didn’t answer the town census by mid-June, then the resident would be an inactive voter. As a result, the individual must fill out paperwork and prove that they’re still a resident of Auburn.
She said inactive voters show up during presidential elections since many residents only come out to the polls once every four years, and they haven’t filled out the census.
To check your voter status, call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-832-7701 or stop by the office at 104 Central St.
Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. is the last time to register for the Nov. 6 election between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger former Gov. Mitt Romney, as well as the U.S. Senate race pitting incumbent Republican Scott Brown against Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Another notable election is the state Senate race with Democratic incumbent Michael Moore versus Republican Steve Simonian.
The Town Clerk’s Office, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 17, to register voters. Prior to Oct. 17, residents may register to vote during the regular Town Hall hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.
An applicant must be at least 18 by the date of the election, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Auburn. Each applicant should bring an ID, Gaboury said.
Absentee ballots are available if a voter will be away from town, has a disability preventing them from accessing the polls or has a religious prohibition. The deadline for absentee requests is noon on the day before the election.
Voting will be Nov. 6, in the high school gym from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-832-7701.