The state primary election is scheduled for Thursday, September 6, a slightly different date than usual.
According to Milton Town Clerk Susan Galvin, the primary was scheduled for September 18, but was moved because it fell on Rosh Hashanah. Tuesday of this week wasn’t used because of the proximity to Labor Day, so Thursday was chosen.
The spring presidential primary may have also caused confusion.
“Many Massachusetts voters may think that primary election day has already passed because of March’s presidential primary,” said Senator Brian A. Joyce in a statement. “But September 6 is actually primary day for every race other than president—including important offices like U.S. Senator and Congressman. So while it may not be as high-profile in the news media, this election is certainly very important.”
Many of the primaries on Thursday are unopposed races. Galvin said there is one contested race on each party’s ballot.
On the Republican side, and are running to challenge Stephen Lynch to represent the 8th Congressional District.
The Democratic ticket includes a four-person race for the on the Governor’s Council. The candidates are , , and Bart Timilty.
While this is Galvin’s first election as Town Clerk, she doesn’t anticipate any issues.
“Everything should run smoothly,” said Galvin.
Based solely on data from past primaries, Galvin is forecasting a turnout of between 25 and 28 percent on Thursday.
With more elections than normal creating a slew of deadlines, Galvin wanted to point out there is still time to register to vote in the November election.
Voters can register for that election until October 17.
“That is an important deadline,” said Galvin.
Voter registration forms are available on the Town Clerk’s website. They must be signed and mailed to the office prior to the deadline.