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2017 Election calendar

Last updated: 12/22/16

2017 Election calendar

We have information on the preliminary municipal election and the municipal election below. You'll also find information on nomination papers and signature requirements.

Still have questions? Contact:
Elections
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
United States

Nomination papers

April 19: 9 a.m.

First hour and day for making application for nomination papers at our department in Boston City Hall, Room 241.

May 2: 9 a.m.

First hour and day for distribution of nomination papers from our department.

Signature requirements

Mayor

To run for Mayor of Boston, you need to get 3,000 certified signatures of registered voters in Boston.

At-Large City Councilor

To run for At-Large City Councilor, you need 1,500 certified signatures of registered voters in Boston.

District City Councilor

To run for District City Councilor, you need 200 certified signatures of registered voters in the district, except for:

  • District 8, where you need 195 certified signatures, and
  • District 9, where you need 188 certified signatures.
Residency requirement

A candidate for District City Councilor must reside in the district for one (1) year before the election. For Election Day on November 7, 2017, candidates must have resided in their district before November 8, 2016.

Signature certification

We will only certify up to an additional 20 percent of the signatures required to run in an election. 

Signature timeline

May 16: 5 p.m.

Deadline for making application for nomination papers at our department in Boston City Hall, Room 241.

May 23: 5 p.m.

Deadline for filing nomination papers at our department.

June 27: 5 p.m.

Deadline for registrars to complete certification of signatures.

July 5: 5 p.m.

Deadline for filing withdrawals or objections to nomination of candidates for City Offices at our department in Boston City Hall, Room 241.

July 5: 5 p.m.

Deadline for filing withdrawals of nomination of candidates for City Offices where substitutions can be made at our department.

July 6: 5 p.m.

Deadline for filing substitutions caused by withdrawals or ineligibility at our department.

Election dates

PRELIMINARY MUNICIPAL ELECTION

September 6: 8 p.m.
Deadline to register for the preliminary election.

September 26: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The City holds the preliminary municipal election.

Municipal election

October 18: 8 p.m.
Deadline to register for the election.

November 7: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The City holds the municipal election.