- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - State election officials say early voting is off to a strong start in Massachusetts.

A spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin says an unofficial tally shows at least 130,000 early votes had been cast by midday on Wednesday, the third day of an early voting period that ends on Nov. 4.

Aside from absentee voting, this is the first time that Massachusetts residents have been given the option of casting their ballots before Election Day, which is Nov. 8. That option was already available in more than 30 other states.

Galvin says 284 of the state’s 365 cities and towns will offer residents early voting hours on Saturday, and more than two dozen, including Worcester, New Bedford, Lowell, Lawrence, and Newton, will also make it available on Sunday.

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