If you're planning to vote by mail in the Massachusetts primary, here are some things you need to know from a story reported on by WWLP/22 News in Springfield.

First, your mail-in ballot has to be received by September 1.  Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin’s office is reminding voters that ballots received after September 1 will not be counted, including those with a September 1 dated postmark.

Also, voters who have already applied for Vote by Mail ballots may expect to receive them very soon. If you have not applied yet, you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.

Massachusetts voters who wish to vote by mail in the State Primaries must get their Vote by Mail applications to their local election officials no later than August 26th.

All ballots must be returned to each voter’s local election office no later than 8 p.m. on September 1st in order to be counted.

Vote by Mail applications were recently mailed to all registered voters and additional applications are available at www.MailMyBallotMA.com.

And this is pretty handy. You can track your application and your ballot at www.TrackMyBallotMA.com.

In-person early voting will be available August 22-28. All polling places will be open for in-person voting on September 1st from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

For more information on voting by mail, voting in person, and even registering to vote, get the full story at WWLP's website here. We thank them for the update.

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