By MAUREEN DOHERTY

NORTH READING — It’s finally here! Super Tuesday, the Presidential Primary in Massachusetts, is next Tuesday, March 5.

Massachusetts is among the 15 states plus one U.S. territory to hold its Presidential Primary on this date. The other 14 states participating are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia plus the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

On Election Day, all voters in North Reading cast their ballots at one central polling place, St. Theresa’s Parish Hall, 51 Winter St., and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are approximately 12,370 voters in North Reading.

For those who cannot get to the polls during this 13-hour window next Tuesday they’ll still have the option to participate in Early Voting, which began this past Saturday, Feb. 24.

To cast an Early Vote in person North Reading voters go to the gymnasium at Town Hall, 235 North Street. This polling place will remain open today (Thursday) for 12 hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and tomorrow (Friday) for four hours, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the first two days of Early Voting, nearly 70 voted last Saturday and over 40 voted on Monday,

If you can’t make these last two dates or times but you still want to vote, if you submitted your mail-in ballot application by this past Tuesday at 5 p.m. keep an eye out for your mail delivery. You can deposit that ballot into the dedicated red, white and blue striped locked ballot box outside Town Hall until the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day or hand deliver it to the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall. But do not bring a mail-in ballot to deposit at the in-person polls. All mail-in ballots must be tracked by the Town Clerk’s office and entered into their computers as having been received — when the applications are received, when the ballots are mailed out by the staff, and when the ballots are returned by the voters. This enables voters to track their ballot via computer on its journey.

The mail-in option remains popular in town as Town Clerk Susan Duplin told the Transcript on Tuesday that at least 2,500 applications were received and mailed out.

If you cannot Early Vote or vote on Election Day and you did not submit a vote by mail application by the deadline, voters have one last option: fill out an absentee ballot application if the right circumstances apply to your situation by noon on Monday, March 4 at the Town Clerk’s office and then vote at the counter.

The ballots:

Voters in three political parties will be participating on Super Tuesday – Democratic, Republican and Libertarian. If you are a registered member of one of these three parties you must take that party’s ballot. If you are an unenrolled voter in Massachusetts you must declare to the poll worker upon signing in which of the three ballots you would like to cast — you cannot choose more than one ballot. For the purpose of the primary, you will be a member of that party just for this election because under state law your voting status returns to “unenrolled” once your ballot is cast. You do not have to change any paperwork to become unaffiliated again. You would have to fill out paperwork to change your party affiliation from unenrolled to a declared party, however, prior to the next election either at the Town Clerk’s office or online through the Secretary of State’s office.

The ballots

In addition to the presidential candidates, each party has the option to vote for one state committeeman and one state committeewoman as well as the members of that party ’s Town Committee. North Reading is part of the First Essex and Middlesex District and can have up to 35 members on the Republican or Democratic Town Committee and up to 10 members on the Libertarian Town Committee.

There are also options to write-in candidates in all positions.

In North Reading, there are 35 candidates on the ballot for Republican Town Committee, 12 candidates on the ballot for Democratic Town Committee, and no candidates listed for a Libertarian Town Committee.

North Reading, which is located in the The First Essex & Middlesex District comprised of 17 towns and two cities, has two residents in the running for the one Republican State Committeeman seat: Michael Scarlata and Jeffrey Yull, and there is a third candidate for this seat as well: Clayton R. Sova of Gloucester. Both Scarlata and Yull have submitted Candidate Statements that are published inside today’s the Transcript.

There are four candidates vying for the one Republican State Committeewoman seat, none of whom reside in North Reading. Two of the four candidates, Gloucester residents Cynthia Bjorlie and Ashley Sullivan, have also submitted Candidate Statements published inside today’s the Transcript. The two other candidates: Lisa-Marie C. Cashman of Ipswich and Nicole Cole of Gloucester, did not.

The candidates for the Democratic State Committeeman and Committeewoman seats are unopposed and not candidates are running for either seat among the Libertarians.