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Mail-in voting applications being sent to registered voters in Boston


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If you are a registered voter in Boston, expect to receive an application to vote with a mail-in ballot for the 2020 elections this week.

Voting by mail-in ballot was approved by the Massachusetts legislature as a temporary measure to ensure all registered voters who have concerns about voting in person due to COVID-19 precautions have another option to exercise their right to vote.

  • You can check off a ballot for the September State Primaries, November General Election, or both, and you will receive ballots according to your selection
  • Include your signature (without one the application is invalid)
  • Postage has been paid  just drop it in the mail
  • If you are in the area of City Hall, you may drop off your application in the Election Department dopbox located on the third floor.

If you didn't receive an application to vote by mail, you can download the application online:

  • Applications to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by Wednesday, August 26, for the State Primaries.
  • Applications to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by Wednesday, October 28, for the General Election.
Absentee Ballots

If you have already applied for an Absentee Ballot, you do not need to fill out an application for a mail-in ballot.

In-person voting

Some voters are concerned that mail-in voting will be their only option for voting in the 2020 State Primaries and the General Election. The Boston Election Department would like to reassure voters that in-person voting will remain an option for all 255 precincts.

Covid-19 Precautions for In-Person Voting

We are in the process of recruiting about 1800 poll workers to serve on Election Day. All poll workers are required to attend a 2.5-hour training on election laws and procedures. This year's poll worker training will include COVID-19 Protocols on social distancing, sanitizing procedures, and the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Early Voting

For convenience and to reduce crowding, early voting will be available in the City of Boston:

  • Primaries: Saturday, August 22 thru Friday August 28 
  • General Election: Saturday, October 17 thru Friday, October 30
Commonwealth of Mass. information

Voting by mail is available to all voters for all elections in 2020. You do not need an excuse to vote by mail this year. The state's website has more information on mail-in voting:

Vote-by-mail details