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Last updated: 1/16/19

2019 Election calendar

We have information on the preliminary municipal election and municipal election dates below. We also have information on nomination papers, signatures, and more.

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

Signature requirements

Certified signatures

For the At-Large City Council race, you need to collect 1,500 certified signatures from registered voters to appear on the preliminary ballot. For District City Council races, you need 200 certified signatures of registered voters to appear on the preliminary ballot. There are exceptions for these three districts:

  • District 7: You need 195 certified signatures
  • District 8: You need 130 certified signatures
  • District 9: You need 164 certified signatures

The Election Department will only certify up to an additional 20 percent more than the requirement for signatures.

Residency requirement

If you run for District City Councilor, you need to have lived in district for at least one year before the election. That means that, for Election Day, November 5, 2019, candidates must have lived in their district before November 6, 2018.

Deadline Dates

Candidates must pick up and file all paperwork related to their nominations at the Boston Election Department in Boston City Hall, Room 241.

Event Date
Start making applications for nomination papers

To receive nomination papers, candidates (not a representative) must complete a statement of candidacy.

April 17, 9 a.m.
Distribution of nomination papers
April 30, 9 a.m.
Last day for making applications for nomination papers
May 13, 5 p.m.
Last day to file nomination papers
May 21, 5 p.m.
Last day for registrars to complete certification of signatures
June 25, 5 p.m.
Last day to file withdrawals or objections to nomination of candidates

This includes filing withdrawals of nominations of candidates where substitutions can be made.

July 2, 5 p.m.
Last day to file substitutions caused by withdrawals or ineligibility
July 3, 5 p.m.

Municipal election dates

Event Date
LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE for Preliminary Municipal Election
WEDNESDAY, September 4, 8 P.M.
Deadline to submit absentee application for Preliminary Municipal Election
September 23, 12 p.m.
Preliminary Municipal Election
Tuesday, September 24, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Last day to register to vote for Municipal Election
Wednesday, October 16, 8 p.m.
Deadline to submit absentee application for Municipal Election
November 4, 12 p.m.
Municipal Election
Tuesday, November 5, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.