NEW BEDFORD — In just one week, voters will cast ballots in municipal elections.

Races: On the ballot will be the assessor at large, three of the six elected School Committee members, all five City Council at-large seats and all six City Council ward seats. There are contested races for assessor at large, City Council at Large and City Council races in Ward 1, Ward 5 and Ward 6.

Absentee ballots: Those looking to vote before Nov. 2 can pick up absentee ballots from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Election Office in City Hall at 133 William St., Room 114. Parents or family members can apply for an absentee ballot on behalf of children attending college out of town. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is noon on Nov. 1, and absentee ballots must be returned to the Election Office by 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. 

Polling locations: Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. The city’s Election Commission has the latest information on polling locations throughout the city.

Questions: Anyone with questions on voting status or polling locations, or who would like to request an absentee ballot, can call the Board of Elections at (508) 979-1420.

Note on candidate profiles: All candidates running for office in New Bedford received emailed questionnaires, which were used to create The New Bedford Light’s candidate profiles. Those who did not return their questionnaires are not included in our candidate profiles.


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