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Vote early Boston

Vote early Boston

Early voting took place from October 24 - November 4. You can no longer vote early, but you can still vote on Election Day, November 8.

Last updated: 11/4/16
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Make sure you're registered to vote

To vote early — or on Election Day  you must be a registered Boston voter. At this time, you can no longer register to vote in the November 8 election.

Not sure if you’re registered? Find out your voter registration status.

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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 will be open for early voting on weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. City Hall will also be open on five evenings until 8 p.m. for early voting. You can see information on sites across the City in the schedule below.

Find an early voting location

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Go vote early!

If you plan to vote early, you have until 5 p.m. on November 4.

Please note

If you miss the early voting period, you can still vote on Election Day, November 8.

Step
1

Make sure you're registered to vote

To vote early — or on Election Day  you must be a registered Boston voter. At this time, you can no longer register to vote in the November 8 election.

Not sure if you’re registered? Find out your voter registration status.

Step
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 November 4.

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. You can also bring your ballot in person to any early voting site during the early voting period.

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 8.

Need to Know:
Early voting has ended

You can no longer vote early, but you can still vote on Election Day, November 8.


The early voting period took place from October 24 through November 4. Early voting is similar to absentee voting, but you don't need a reason or excuse to vote early. Registered Boston voters can vote at a location and time that is most convenient for them.

Even if you request your ballot by mail, you can still drop your ballot off at one of the early voting locations in the City.

Early voting locations
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. This is the first year Massachusetts is allowing early voting.
  • 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.