Deadlines for Ward 3 Preliminary Special Election Approaching

Register to Vote by Friday, January 13;

Request Mail-In Ballots by January 17

New Bedford, Massachusetts The Board of Election Commissioners advises the public that the deadlines to register to vote or request a mail-in/absentee ballot for Ward 3 Councilor Preliminary Election are quickly approaching.

The deadline to register is this Friday, January 13th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Election Office located in City Hall at 133 William Street, Room 114.  Office hours that day are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Voters from Ward 3 must be registered by that day to be eligible to vote in the Preliminary Election scheduled for January 24th.

The deadline to request a Mail-In/Absentee ballot is January 17th at 5:00 p.m.  Applications can be located on the City of New Bedford Elections Commission Homepage, at, or requested by emailing

Voters will be able to vote Absentee at the Elections Office when ballots are available. Further announcements will be made regarding the availability of ballots for voting at the Elections Office. Absentee voting hours will also be held on Saturday, January 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The Ward 3 Special Election is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

In the Preliminary Special Election, New Bedford Ward 3 voters will be casting their votes for Councilor for the remainder of Councilor Hugh Dunn’s term.