MELROSE — The 2024 Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday, March 5, at the Veterans Memorial Middle School gym accessed on Melrose Street.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters have also had the chance to ask to vote by mail, and some have voted early in-person at City Hall.

Mail-in ballots MUST be received in the ballot box by 8 p.m. on Election night. Any ballots received after 8 p.m. on March 5, 2024 will not be counted.

Friday, March 1 is the last day to vote early in-person.

At the polls Tuesday, poll workers will check you in using a Poll Pad tablet containing the precinct voter list – basically an electronic version of the paper voter list.

Following state law, you will be asked to confirm your full name and address before being checked in and given a ballot. The use of poll pads will accelerate this check-in process as the poll worker is able to retrieve a registered voter record in one of two ways:

1) Manually enter the first few letters of the voter’s first and last name; or

2) Scan, with permission, the bar code on the back of the voter’s driver’s license (which speeds the process further and is completely voluntary).The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not require that a voter present a license to check in.  However, presenting a license allows for a quicker check in. The tablet matches the name and birth date of the person on the voter list with the name and birth date it reads from the bar code on the back of the license.  No information from the scanned license is retained.

Additionally, poll pad tablets are NOT connected to the internet.  For further questions please contact the Elections Office at (781) 979-4125 or elections@cityofmelrose.org

You can vote for you preference for president, for State Committee and for Ward Committee.

Republican primary

There are seven nominees appearing on the Republican presidential primary ballot.

Former President Donald Trump is the current front-runner for the GOP nomination for president. The remaining nominees appearing on the Republican primary ballot are former United Nations ambassador/South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and pastor/businessman Ryan Binkley. 

Trump, Haley and Binkley are the three GOP candidates remaining in the race. Haley vowed not to drop out after being defeated by the 45th president in the South Carolina presidential primary on Feb. 24. 

Democratic primary   

There are three nominees appearing on the Democratic presidential primary ballot. 

President Joe Biden, Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips and author Marianne Wilkinson are running for the Democratic nomination for president. 

Libertarian primary

The Libertarian presidential primary includes five nominees for president. 

The nominees appearing on the Libertarian presidential primary ballot are attorney/author Jacob George Hornberger, author/retired professor Michael D. Rectenwald, political activist/sales account representative Chase Russell Oliver, economist Michael Ter Maat and technology entrepreneur Lars Damian Mapstead.