By Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts voters who won’t be around for the state’s presidential primary on March 1 can begin requesting absentee ballots.

Secretary of State William Galvin says voters can request absentee ballots in person at their local city or town election office or request them by mail. Those who show up in person can cast their ballots during the visit.

All other absentee ballots must be completed and returned by mail before the polls close on March 1.

Galvin says this is the earliest absentee ballots have ever been available for a presidential primary.

The secretary held a lottery in December to determine ballot order for the Republican, Democratic and Green-Rainbow Party primaries.

The deadline for people to register to vote in the primary or change their party affiliation is Feb. 10.

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