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City of Boston announces preparations for November 6, 2018 state election and releases early voting numbers


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Today, the City of Boston Elections Department released preparations for the State Election taking place tomorrow, November 6, 2018. The polls in Boston will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. To check your voter status and find your voting location, please visit here.

Ballots have been printed for Boston's 413,113 registered voters, following a successful two-week early voting period that took place from October 22 to November 2, 2018. During this early voting period, Boston residents had the option to vote early at City Hall, as well as 21 locations covering each of the nine City Council districts. More than 28,000 voters cast their ballots early, representing almost seven percent of the registered voters in the City of Boston. Collectively, early voting was available to all Boston residents for an average of eight hours daily over the course of the two weeks.  

All polling places will be equipped with an Automark machine, which assists voters with sensory and physical limitations in marking their ballots and provides translation assistance. The following languages will be available at the polls and/or through a central translator telephone bank:

  • Spanish

  • Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese dialects)

  • Vietnamese

  • Haitian Creole

  • Cape Verdean Creole

  • Russian

The Elections Department has recruited and trained more more than 1,700 poll workers to staff more than 154 polling locations, covering all 255 precincts. From answering calls from residents, to working the polling locations, to counting ballots, poll workers play a vital role in the success of Election Day. Through a collaboration between the Elections Department and the Boston Public Schools (BPS), there will be 50 BPS students, over the age of 16, who will serve as poll workers on the State Election.

All absentee ballot applications must be in the possession of the Elections Department by noon today, November 5, 2018. Voters planning to vote absentee in person must do so by noon as well. Voters who requested an absentee ballot by mail must have their marked ballot returned to the Boston Election Department in room 241 either by mail or in person before 8 p.m. on tomorrow, November 6, 2018. Ballots that are not received by then will not be counted.

To help boost civic engagement, residents are encouraged to use hashtag #BostonVotes on social media platforms with photos of "I voted" stickers.

Unofficial election results will be posted online at after the polls close at 8 p.m. Updates on turnout will be provided periodically via Twitter: @BostonElections, and the City of Boston Elections Department's Facebook account.

Please use the Election Department's website to receive additional information regarding the election; registered voters are able to use the site to locate polling locations.

Media Guidelines

Members of the media are reminded that certain rules must be followed in order to ensure a smooth voting process for voters.

  • Interviews of voters are not allowed inside polling locations and must be done at least 150 feet away.

  • Interviews with election officers at the polling locations are not allowed. Interview requests for the Election Department must be directed through the Press Office at (617) 635-4461.

  • Photos and b-roll shots will be allowed under the supervision of each poll's warden.

  • Photographers are reminded that zooming in on voter ballots and shots over the shoulders of voters will not be allowed - please respect every voter's right to a private ballot.

  • The City of Boston Election Department will also be available for b-roll shots starting at 7:30 a.m.

  • The unofficial election results will be posted online at boston.govafter the polls close at 8:00 p.m.

  • Updates will be provided periodically via our Facebook and Twitter account: @BostonElections

  • Please do not call the Election Department for results: you will only be referred to the website.

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