Residents in 53 Massachusetts cities and towns, including Boston and Cambridge, have until 8 p.m. to register to vote in municipal elections next month.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said the Wednesday registration deadline applies to those hoping to cast ballots in the Nov. 8 contests.
"These elections are particularly important because they decide very important local issues, such as local education, tax issues and other types of zoning and traffic issues that are very important to individuals who reside in these communities," Galvin said.
City and town halls will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Individuals who are U.S. citizens, Massachusetts residents and 18 years old on or before Election Day are eligible to register.
Galvin said anyone unsure of their registration status should check before the deadline passes if they want to vote.
Communities with municipal elections scheduled for Nov. 8 are: Amesbury, Attleboro, Barnstable, Beverly, Boston, Braintree, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Chicopee, Easthampton, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Franklin, Gardner, Gloucester, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Methuen, New Bedford, Newburyport, Newton, North Adams, Northampton, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, Springfield, Taunton, Waltham, Watertown, West Springfield, Westfield, Weymouth, Winthrop, Woburn and Worcester.
Brewster, Shutesbury and South Hadley are holding special elections Nov. 8.
With reporting by The Associated Press, State House News Service and the WBUR Newsroom
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