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Voter Registration Deadline Is Approaching

By Sabrina Birner
The last day to register for the Massachusetts presidential primary is this Tuesday, Feb. 11. Massachusetts residents may register with one of three parties (Democratic, Republican, or Independent Voters' Party), or may register as a political designation (see below). The primary election is Tuesday, March 10.

Primaries are run differently in each state. For those not familiar with the intricate workings of the Massachusetts primaries, here are a few answers to commonly asked questions.

* Can I register to vote in Massachusetts even if I come from another state?

Yes. If you live in Massachusetts, are a U.S. citizen, and are over 18, you can register to vote here. Registering to vote in Massachusetts automatically makes you a Massachusetts resident. Students who depend on aid from their home state should make sure that becoming a Massachusetts resident will not disqualify them for their aid.

* Can I register in any Massachusetts town?

Yes. For example, if you live in Somerville, but it is more convenient for you to register in Cambridge, you may do so. However, you will be assigned to a polling place in your town of residence, so you would vote in Somerville, not in Cambridge.

* Where in Cambridge can I register?

You can register at the Cambridge Police Department (362 Green Street, in Central Square). You can also register Monday at Cambridge City Hall.

* Can I vote in any party's primary?

It depends on how you register. If you register with a party, you may only vote in that party's primary. If you want the option of voting in any party's primary, you should register as an "unenrolled person." As an unenrolled person, you do not belong to a party or to a political designation. You may vote in either party's primary (of course, you can only vote once). Your party affiliation will then automatically change to that of the party for which you voted.