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Vote early Boston

For the 2018 state election, early voting took place from Monday, October 22, through Friday, November 2. You can no longer vote early, but you can still vote on Election Day, November 6.

Last updated: 11/2/18
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Before you visit a location, check your voter status

To vote early — or on Election Day — you must be a registered Boston voter. Any registered Boston voter can vote at any early voting location. You don’t need an excuse or reason to vote early. Not sure if you’re registered? Find out your voter registration status.

You can no longer register to vote in the election on Tuesday, November 6. The last day to register to vote in the state election was October 17.

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Find an early voting location

Unlike traditional polling, you don’t have to vote at your assigned polling location. Vote at the location that is most convenient for you. All ballot styles will be available at every early voting location.

All early voting locations are accessible to voters with disabilities. Every location will also have AutoMark machines for voters who need help marking their ballots.

During the early voting period, Boston City Hall is the main early voting polling location. City Hall will be open for voting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., during the two-week period. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, City Hall will stay open until 8 p.m. for early voting.

You can see information on sites across the City in the schedule below.

early voting schedule

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Go vote early!

If you plan to vote early, you have until 5 p.m. on November 2.

Please note

If you miss the early voting period, you can still vote on Election Day, November 6.

Step
1

Make sure you're registered to vote

To vote early — or on Election Day — you must be a registered Boston voter. Any registered Boston voter can vote at any early voting location. You don’t need an excuse or reason to vote early. Not sure if you’re registered? Check your voter registration status.

You can no longer register to vote in the election on Tuesday, November 6. The last day to register to vote in the state election was October 17.

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2

Send us your early voting request

If you want to apply to vote early by mail or email, we need to get your application before 12 p.m. on Friday, November 2.

Please download, print out, and complete the early voting request application. You can scan your signed application and email it back to us at election@boston.gov, or fax it to us at 617-635-4483. You can also mail your completed application to:

Elections Department
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201

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Complete and send in your ballot

We’ll send you an Early Voting Ballot in the mail with a set of return envelopes. You can mail the ballot or bring it in person to the address on the envelope.

PLEASE NOTE:

If you miss the early voting period, you must turn your ballot in to City Hall, Room 241, by 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 6.

Need to Know:
EARLY VOTING HAS ENDED

You can no longer vote early, but you can still vote on Election Day, November 6.

Contact:
Election
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
United States
What is early voting?
  • A 2014 State law requires cities and towns to hold an early voting every two years before the November general election.
  • Unlike Absentee Voting, you do not need an excuse or reason to vote early.
  • Under the law, cities and towns must have at least one early voting site open during normal business hours.