Mass primary is today, polls open from 7am to 8pm

— File photo by Ralph Stewart

Voters go to the polls in the Massachusetts state presidential primary election today, Tuesday, March 6. Polls opened at 7am and will remain open until 8 pm.

Voters may vote for candidates in the Democratic, Republican, or Green-Rainbow party. Voters who are registered in one party are restricted from voting for another party’s candidate. Independent voters are free to choose.

The Republican ballot lists Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul, and race dropouts Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Michelle Bachmann.

President Barack Obama is the lone Democratic candidate.

Kent Meslay, Jill Stein, and Harley Mikkelson are running in the Green-Rainbow primary.

A state committee man and a committee woman will be on the ballot as well as candidates for town committee. The state committee of each party includes one man and one woman from each of the 40 state senatorial districts in Massachusetts. They are elected at the presidential primary election for a four-year term.

Members of town committees represent their party at the local level.

Some ballots will have the option of voting for a group, i.e., the entire town committee slate. If the voter chooses this option, he or she must not choose an individual as well in that group or both votes will be nullified.

Polls are located in the Oak Bluffs library, Edgartown town hall, the American Legion Hall in Tisbury opposite the Tisbury School, West Tisbury Public Safety Building, Chilmark Community Center, and Aquinnah town hall.