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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
 
This past June, I voted in the affirmative on the VOTES Act in order to expand access to voting. With the Primary Elections coming up soon, I would like to share how this law will affect voters. The voter registration deadline for all elections is now ten calendar days before the date of the election. The deadline for vote-by-mail registration is now five business days prior to the election. The VOTES Act also requires early voting for presidential primaries, state primaries, and state elections. The following dates are important for the upcoming State Primary Election:
  • Voter Registration Deadline: August 27, 2022
  • Vote by Mail Application Deadline: August 29, 2022
  • Early Voting: August 27 – September 2
  • Election Day Polling Hours: 7 AM – 8 PM
To check your voter registration statusclick here.
In the sections below, I have also included district-specific details for early in-person voting.
Yours in Service,
Denise Garlick

District Updates 

The walls in my office are looking a bit bare, so let’s get creative! We’re looking for you to submit a drawing of what you love most about your town. Submissions are open to all residents in the district and will be displayed in my office. To submit your drawing, click here.
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  • In Needham, a free community event will be held in honor of international overdose awareness day at the Memorial Park Gazebo on Wednesday, August 31 from 6:30 PM to 7:10 PM. The event will feature a vigil, speakers, and helpful resources. For more information, email beccafdn@gmail.com.
  • In Dover, the drought status has increased to level 2. This means residents and businesses are to halt all non-essential outdoor water uses. These are mandatory restrictions for the town of Dover. For more information, click here.
  • In Medfield, the Bellforge Arts Center is hosting Boston’s BAMS Fest, a FREE outdoor music fest on August 20 from 12-7 PM. BAMS Fest will present #SOULFULL celebrating Afro-centric identity and Black artistry. The event will also feature a variety of food options. To find more information and RSVP for free tickets, click here.

 

District Early In-Person Voting Information

Needham
Location: Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue
  • Saturday, August 27
  • 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 28
  • 12:00 PM – 5:00PM
  • Monday, August 29
  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday, September 2
  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
For more Needham voting information, click here.
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Dover
Location: Dover Town House, 5 Springdale Ave
  • Saturday, August 27
  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Monday, August 28
  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 30
  • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 31
  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 1
  • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday, September 2
  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Medfield
Location: Medfield Town House, 2nd Floor Hearing Room, 459 Main Street
  • Saturday, August 27
  • 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Monday, August 29
  • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 30
  • 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 31
  • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 1
  • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday, September 2
  • 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
For more Medfield voting Information, click here.

Statewide Updates

  • The Minuteman Technical Institution is offering free CNC machine operator courses for adults. The courses will take place in the Fall of 2022 over a fifteen-week period, courses will be held in the evenings beginning September 6, 2022. In this 200-hour program, adult students will build skills for employment as CNC machine operators. This course is free for qualified applicants, including people who are unemployed, under-employed, veterans, and recent high school graduates. Women and people of historically marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. For more information and registration, click here.
  • Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) and other rent relief options are still available. Any resident of Massachusetts can apply for RAFT. The application is available in several languages on the state’s website. For the RAFT reference guide and qualifications, click here. For the RAFT online application, click here.
  • Children under five years old are eligible be vaccinated against COVID-19. This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and now everyone six months and older can receive the vaccine. To find locations offering the vaccine, click here.
  • The Department of Public Health (DPH) has shared resources for protecting yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19. The best protection against COVID-19 and getting vaccinated and staying up to date on your vaccine, DPH also recommends six other tools you can use for protection. To view this resource, click here.