City of Boston announces additional early voting sites
In an effort to ensure all registered voters in Boston have ample opportunity to participate in the November 3 State Election, Boston's Board of Election Commissioners certified additional voting sites for the early voting period, which runs from Saturday, October 17, 2020 through Friday, October 30, 2020. All 27 unique early voting locations and hours can be found here: boston.gov/early-voting. The additional sites include:
Tuesday, October 20, from 12 to 8 p.m.:
BCYF Paris Street (Gymnasium): 112 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128
BCYF Tobin (Lower Level): 1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120
Thursday, October 22, from 12 to 8 p.m.:
BCYF Shelburne (Gymnasium): 2730 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Strand Theatre: 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125
Tuesday, October 27, from 12 to 8 p.m.:
St. George Orthodox Church of Boston: 55 Emmonsdale Road, West Roxbury, MA 02132
BCYF Hyde Park: 1179 River Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136
Thursday, October 29, 12 to 8 p.m.:
Florian Hall: 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Mattapan Teen Center: 10 Hazelton Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
The election includes races for: Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress, Governor's Councilors, Senator in General Court, Representative in General Court, Register of Probate, and Office of the President of the United States. In addition to the races, there are two ballot questions: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Motor Vehicle Mechanical Data & Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Ranked-Choice Voting, and two public policy questions in State Representative Districts 11, 15, 17 and 18.
Any registered Boston voter can vote at any early voting location from Saturday, October 17, 2020 through Friday, October 30, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the Election Department is implementing health and safety protocols for in-person voting during the early voting period and on Election Day. All poll workers will receive face shields, face masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer. Cleaning will take place at each site every two to three hours. Voters waiting in line will be instructed to stand six feet away from others and wear a face covering. More information about COVID-19 safety at the polls can be found here.
Voting by mail
All Massachusetts registered voters have received a vote-by-mail application in their mail boxes for the State Primary and the State Election. The application is in a postcard format. To receive a ballot, voters must first complete, sign and return the prepaid postcard application to the Election Department by Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
If residents never received or lost this application, they can now request a vote-by-mail ballot online at www.mailmyballotma.com. They can also request a new ballot application by completing this form here and return it to the City of Boston's Election Department, via mail, email, fax or by dropping it off in person at Boston City Hall room 241, or in the drop box on the third floor entrance of City Hall.
Returning completed ballots
Once a voter receives their ballot, they are encouraged to complete and return it to the Election Department as soon as possible. Completed ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by November 3 and received by the Election Department by November 6 to be counted. Massachusetts voters can track their ballot request, whether requested by mail or online, through trackmyballotMA.com. The Boston Election Department started mailing out ballots this week, and will continue to mail ballots as applications arrive, until the application deadline of October 28, 2020.
Voters may also return their ballot using one of the 17 dropboxes which will be available 24/7 through 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020, as well as at an early voting location during the early voting period. Voters may additionally return their ballot to City Hall, which is currently open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Voting in person on Election Day
Voters are reminded there are 20 precinct polling location changes this cycle that can be found here. Polling locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Individuals can find their polling location for Election Day here.
For more information on how to participate in this year's elections, please visit boston.gov/election.