City of Boston kicks off early voting
The City of Boston today began its two-week early voting period for the November 6, 2018 State Election. "Vote Early Boston" runs through Friday, November 2, 2018, and City Hall is Boston's main early voting site, with voting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Voters are encouraged to enter City Hall through the North Side entrance to access the early voting location on the second floor.
Neighborhood "pop up" polling locations will be available throughout the City on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the early voting period. On Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, there will be nine early voting locations open -- one in each City Council District -- from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Voters may also vote early by mail or return their ballots in person at any early voting location. Voters interested in voting by mail must send their early voting request by 12 p.m. on Friday, November 2. Unlike Absentee Voting, no excuse is needed to vote early. Any registered Boston voter can vote early at any early voting location.
All early voting sites are equipped with electronic poll books for voter check in. Voters are advised that state-issued identifications are optional for quicker "check in," but are not required. Early voting locations are well staffed with poll workers and interpreters, and fully accessible to voters with disabilities.
At the end of each day, all voted ballots will be secured and sent to each voter's precinct to be counted on Election Day with all other ballots.
Early voting was made possible by the Acts of 2014. During the 2016 inaugural early voting period, over 47,000 voters, representing over 17 percent of the total ballots cast, participated in early voting.
Voters are encouraged to share their early voting experience on social media using the hashtag #VoteEarlyBoston. For more information, please visit boston.gov/departments/elections/vote-early-boston.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.