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From the Cambridge Election Commission, March 14, 2016: A special state primary will be held April 12 for the office of state senator for Massachusetts’ First Suffolk and Middlesex District, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of state Sen. Anthony Petruccelli. Voting is only in Wards and Precincts 2-2, 2-3, 4-1, 4-3, 5-1, 5-2 and 5-3 – those closest to the Charles River in the eastern half of Cambridge, making up much of the Riverside, Cambridgeport and MIT/Area II neighborhoods. The district includes those parts of Cambridge, but also Beacon Hill, East Boston, the North End, Revere and Winthrop.

For residents not already registered, the last day to register to vote for the election is March 23 until 8 p.m. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day.

If you are a voter in those wards and precincts, contact the Election Commission to find out when absentee ballots will be available for the special state primary. Any voter unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to physical disability, religious belief or absence from the city may request an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply is April 11 at noon. Absentee ballots may be mailed to voters, or they may choose to vote at the commission office during regular city office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday. The office will also be open for absentee voting on April 8 until 5 p.m.

For information, visit the Election Commission office at 51 Inman St., call (617-349-4361) or click here.