Elections Department asks for feedback on early voting plan
The City of Boston Election Department is asking residents for feedback on locations and timing of early voting locations. The public is encouraged to visit their site to provide input on their preferred locations and days/times for early voting. The survey will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 16th. This feedback will be incorporated into the plan that will be recommended to the Election Commission for approval on July 6, 2016.
"A democracy is only strong and vibrant when all residents are able to participate and make their voices heard," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I am pleased that in Boston we are creating a plan that makes voting more accessible to all residents. City Hall is dedicated to fostering strong civic engagement and our early voting plan is another step forward."
The Early Voting Initiative will make participation in Election Day more convenient for all, particularly those with work schedules, family obligations or other obstacles. To promote access across the city, the Mayor's FY17 budget proposal commits $670,000 to meet and exceed the state requirement of having one early voting site open during normal business hours.
"Our objective is to further Mayor Martin J. Walsh's directive to give all of our residents an opportunity to participate in Boston's inaugural early voting period, and we value the input of all stakeholders towards developing a final plan," said Dion Irish, Commissioner of the Boston Election Department.
The Early Voting period runs from Monday October 24 to Friday November 4 at 5 p.m., and voters may cast their votes at any location. City Hall will be the main Early Voting location for in-person voting during that period, however voters may also vote early by mail application. For neighborhood locations, the Election Department requests input on the schedule and the most convenient times.
In 2014, Massachusetts passed an election reform law requiring early voting every two years for the November election. This year, the Early Voting period will begin on Monday, October 24, 2016 and end on Friday, November 4, 2016. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.