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Mail-in voting information for the City of Boston

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If you are a registered voter in Boston, you can vote by mail in the 2020 Elections.

All Massachusetts registered voters have received a vote-by-mail application in their mailboxes for the State Primary and the State Election. The application is in a postcard format. To vote by mail in the State Election, voters must complete, sign and return the prepaid postcard application to the Boston Election Department by Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

If you never received the application, we have information below about how you can apply.

Massachusetts information

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

How to apply

Apply online

Through the state's website, you can apply to vote by mail online:

Vote-by-mail application

DOWNLOAD

If you want to mail or fax your application, you can download one:

If you download an application, Mail, email, or fax it to:

Elections Department
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
Email: absenteevoter@boston.gov
Fax: 617-635-4483

If you want to drop off your application to our office at City Hall, use the Election Department dropbox located on the third floor. City Hall is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

DEADLINE

Applications to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by Wednesday, October 28, for the State Election on Tuesday, November 3.

Tracking your ballot

Massachusetts voters can track their ballot request, whether requested by mail or online, through the state's website. We will start mailing out ballots by early October. We will continue to mail ballots as applications arrive, until the application deadline of October 28, 2020

Complete your ballot

Mail your ballot right away

You can mail the ballot to the address on the envelope. Please submit your completed ballot as soon as possible. You can track your ballot through the state's website.

Make sure to call the Elections Department at 617-635-8683 before Election Day if you haven't seen movement in the tracker.

RETURNing YOUR BALLOT IN PERSON?

If you plan to return your ballot in person instead of mailing it, we have dedicated dropboxes across the City, including two at Boston City Hall. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to drop off your ballot. You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting location during the City's early voting period. You can view a list of dropbox locations and a map below.

You can't drop off your mail-in ballot at your polling location

If you bring a mail-in ballot to your polling location on Election Day, you will be provided with the opportunity to cast your vote in-person at that polling location. A poll worker will help you to ensure that your mail-in ballot is spoiled before casting the in-person vote.

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Map of dropbox locations

You can drop your mail-in ballot off at any City of Boston dropbox up until 8 p.m. on November 3, or at any early voting location during the early voting period.
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List of ballot dropoff locations

List of dropoff locations
Location Neighborhood Date and time

Jackson Mann School Auditorium

500 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134

Allston/ Brighton

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Honan - Allston Branch Library (Community Room)

300 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA 02134

Allston/ Brighton

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Copley Square Library (McKim Building)

700 Boylston Street, Back Bay, MA 02116

Back Bay/ Bay Village

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Harvard/Kent School Gymnasium

50 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

Charlestown

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Josiah Quincy School

885 Washington Street, Chinatown, MA 02111

Chinatown-Leather District

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Richard J. Murphy School Cafeteria

1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

Dorchester

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Perkins Community Center/ Lee School Gymnasium

155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124

Dorchester

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

650 Dudley Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

Dorchester

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Boston City Hall

1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201

Downtown

Monday, October 19: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday, October 22: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday, October 23: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, October 26: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 28: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday, October 29: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday, October 30: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Paris Street Gymnasium

112 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128

East Boston

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Fenway Park

4 Jersey Street, Fenway-Kemore, MA 02215

Fenway

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Another Course to College Cafeteria

612 Metropolitan Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136

Hyde Park

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Margarita Muniz Academy Gymnasium

20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Jamaica Plain

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Mildred Ave School Gymnasium

5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126

Mattapan

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saint Nectarios Greek Church Banquet Hall

39 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA 02131

Roslindale

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Thelma Burns Building

575 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02121

Roxbury

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Dewitt Center

122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury, MA 02120

Roxbury

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Shelbourne Center Gymnasium

2730 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Roxbury

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

District Hall

75 Northern Avenue, South Boston MA 02210

South Boston

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

James F. Condon School Cafeteria

200 D Street, South Boston, MA 02127

South Boston

Saturday, October 24: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Roche Community Center Gymnasium

1716 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

West Roxbury

Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 18: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Location Neighborhood Hours

Honan-Allston Branch Library

300 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA 02134

Allston/ Brighton

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Brighton Branch Library

40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, MA 02135

Allston/ Brighton

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Central Library at Copley Square

700 Boylston Street, Back Bay, MA 02116

Back Bay/ Bay Village

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Charlestown Branch Library

179 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

Charlestown

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Fields Corner Library

1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122

Dorchester

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Grove Hall Branch Library

41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121

Dorchester

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Boston City Hall

1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201

Downtown

Available seven days a week through 8 p.m. on November 3.

Two dropboxes available, one at the Congress Street entrance and one at the City Hall Plaza entrance. The dropbox at the City Hall Plaza entrance is currently available.

East Boston Branch Library

365 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA 02128

East Boston

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Hyde Park Branch Library

35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136

Hyde Park

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library

30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Jamaica Plain

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Mattapan Branch Library

1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126

Mattapan

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

BCYF Menino

125 Brookway Road, Roslindale, MA 02131

Roslindale

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Roxbury Branch Library

149 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Roxbury

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Parker Hill Branch Library

1497 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

Roxbury

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

South Boston Branch Library

646 East Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

South Boston

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

West Roxbury Branch Library

1961 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

West Roxbury

The dropbox will be available seven days a week up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

Keep in mind

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 .

Early Voting

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

  • General Election: Saturday, October 17, through Friday, October 30

Early voting information