AUBURN, Mass. – With National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Auburn Town Clerk Ellen Gaboury is reminding residents to register to vote by Oct. 17 for the November election.
Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. is the last time to register for the much-anticipated Nov. 6 election between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, as well as the hotly contested U.S. Senate race pitting incumbent Scott Brown against Elizabeth Warren. Another notable election is the state Senate race with incumbent Michael Moore versus Steve Simonian.
As of Monday, there were 11,592 registered voters in Auburn, but “that number will change between now and the last day to register,” Gaboury said.
The closest National Voter Registration Day event on Tuesday is at Pernet Family Health Service, 237 Millbury St., Worcester, but those interested can register by mail or in person at Auburn Town Hall.
The town clerk’s office, 104 Central St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 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.
In addition, Gaboury said, residents can call the town clerk’s office and request a form be mailed to them. The form should be completed in full and returned to the clerk’s office by the Oct. 17 deadline.
Absentee ballots are available if a voter will be away from town, has a disability preventing him or her from accessing the polls, or has a religious prohibition. The deadline for absentee requests is noon on the day before the election.
Only 6 percent of Auburn's registered voters turned out to vote in the Massachusetts state primary earlier this month. Gaboury expects an 80 percent to 90 percent turnout on Nov. 6, since presidential elections draw the highest number of voters.
Voting will be Tuesday, 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.