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2021 Election calendar

You can find information on dates, deadlines, and candidate requirements for the 2021 Preliminary and Municipal Elections on this page

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

Candidate requirements

Signatures needed to run for office:

3000 certified signatures of registered voters required for Mayor

1500 certified signatures of registered voters required for At-Large City Councilor

200 certified signatures of registered voters required for District City Councilor, except for:

  • District 7 (195 signatures required)
  • District 8 (130 signatures required)
  • District 9 (164 signatures required)
Residency Requirement for District City Councilor:
  • Candidates running for District City Councilor must have been an inhabitant of said district at least one year preceding the election (St. 1982, Chapter 605, Section 6).
  • For Election Day November 2, 2021, candidates must have resided in their district prior to November 3, 2020.

Important dates and deadlines

April 13 at 9 a.m.

First hour and day for making the application for nomination papers at the Boston Election Department in Boston City Hall Room 241. For candidates to receive nomination papers, a statement of Candidacy must be completed by the candidate (not a representative), in the Election Commission office.

April 27 at 9 a.m.

First hour and day for distribution of nomination papers from the Boston Election Department in Boston City Hall Room 241.

May 11 at 5 p.m.

Last hour and day for making application for nomination papers at the Boston Election Department in Boston City Hall Room 241.

May 18 at 5 p.m.

Last hour and day for filing nomination papers at the Boston Election Department in Boston City Hall Room 241.

June 22 at 5 p.m.

Last hour and day for registrars to complete certification of signatures.

June 29 at 5 p.m.

Last hour and day for filing withdrawals or objections to nomination of candidates for City Offices at the Boston Election Department in Boston City Hall Room 241.

June 29 at 5 p.m.

Last hour and day for filing withdrawals of nomination of candidates for City Offices where substitutions can be made at the Boston Election Department in Boston City Hall Room 241.

June 30 at 5 p.m.

Last hour and day for filing substitutions caused by withdrawals or ineligibility at the Boston Election Department in Boston City Hall Room 241.

August 25 at 8 p.m.

Last hour and day for registration of voters for Preliminary Municipal Election.

September 14, from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Preliminary Municipal Election

October 13 at 8 p.m.

Last hour and day for registration of voters for Municipal Election.

November 2, from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Municipal Election

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