By MAUREEN DOHERTY

NORTH READING — Early Voting in the March 5 State Primary, known as “Super Tuesday,” begins this Saturday, Feb. 24 in the gymnasium at North Reading Town Hall. Polls are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday is also the deadline for town residents to change their party affiliation or register to vote for the first time. The Town Clerk’s Office will remain open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate in-person voter registration. Voters may also change their name or address by the deadline day to be in effect for the March 5 primary.

Voters may also register online until midnight Saturday through the Secretary of State’s website.

In North Reading, Early Voting is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the gymnasium at Town Hall, 235 North St., at 9 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. that day.

The Secretary of State allow towns and cities to vary the Early Voting schedule to accommodate evening and weekend options to voters but the last day to cast an in-person Early Vote is Friday, March 1 at 1 p.m.

Additional in-person Early Voting dates and times in North Reading are as follows: Monday, Feb., 26, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8 a.m.– 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Friday, March 1, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

On Election Day itself, the voters in all four of the town’s precincts vote in one central polling place, St. Theresa’s Church Hall, 51 Winter St. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and there are four offices on the ballot: Presidential Preference (for this commonwealth); State Committee Man and State Committee Woman for the First Essex & Middlesex District; and Town Committee for North Reading.

Town Clerk Sue Duplin reminds voters that if they are enrolled in a party they must take that party’s ballot. However, if they are unenrolled, they can choose the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian ballot and after that ballot is cast they will automatically revert back to unenrolled status, per state law.

After the Early Voting option ends voters must vote in person at the polls on Election Day. Those who are seeking an absentee ballot due to absence from town on March 5 may fill out the application in person at the Town Clerk’s office and cast their ballot at the counter up until noon the day prior to the election, Monday, March 4. Absentee ballots may not be dropped off at the polls. They must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office, either hand-delivered or deposited in the 24-hour ballot drop off box (the red, white and blue painted box in front of Town Hall).

The deadline for voters to submit a mail-in voting application must be received by the Town Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Once received, a mail-in ballot may be dropped off in the 24-hour ballot box outside Town Hall, hand-delivered to the Town Clerk’s office, or mailed. But it cannot be dropped off to the polls on Election Day because every mail-in ballot must be tracked on the computers at Town Hall. It is documented when they are mailed out and when they are returned. To track their mail-in ballots, voters simply go to: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA/TrackMyBallot.