NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A stack of letters three inches thick and ready to be mailed sat atop a filing cabinet in the office of Northbridge Town Clerk Doreen Cedrone Monday afternoon. They were addressed to the town’s newest registered voters confirming their eligibility to vote.
With the presidential election just 42 days away and a controversial town meeting scheduled Oct. 23, Cedrone said she and Assistant Town Clerk Linda Zywien are busy with new voter registrations, 20 or more coming in every day either by mail, through the Registry of Motor Vehicles or residents coming directly into the office.
They may be even busier Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day, which is, according to its website, a coordinated effort to create widespread awareness of voter registration opportunities with the goal of reaching voters who would not be reached otherwise.
According to National Voter Registration Day creators, 6 million Americans said they did not vote in the 2008 presidential election because they didn’t know how to register or missed the registration deadline.
In Northbridge, residents have until Wednesday, Oct. 17 to register to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election. The Board of Registrar of Voters will hold a special voter registration session Oct. 17 in the Town Clerk’s office, 7 Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The deadline to register to vote in the Oct. 23 annual town meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 3 and the Board of Registrars will hold a special voter registration session Oct. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Town Clerk’s office.
Residents may also register any weekday in the clerk’s office, which is open Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Applicants for registration must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the election, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Northbridge. Specifics on how to register to vote in Northbridge can be viewed online.