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Polling locations changes in Boston ahead of September 1 election

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All in-person polling will be conducted in accordance with public health guidelines.

The City of Boston Election Department today announced polling location changes for 20 precincts ahead of the September 1 State Primary. The election includes the following races: Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress, Governor's Council, State Senate, State Representative, and Register of Probate. Polling locations will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Those interested in working as a poll worker can apply online. Individuals can find their polling location for Election Day on the state's website.

Due to COVID-19, health and safety protocols during the early voting period and on Election Day will be implemented at polling locations. All poll workers will receive face shields, face masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer. Cleaning will take place at each site every two to three hours. Voters waiting in line will be instructed to stand 6 feet away from others and wear a face covering. 

The Election Department is reminding residents that Saturday, August 22, is the last day to register to vote and Wednesday, August 26 is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the State Primary. Residents who have requested to vote by mail can track their ballots online. If a voter has not received a vote-by-mail application in their mailbox or lost the application, they can request a new one by completing this form and sending it to the City of Boston's Election Department. 

There are 20 precinct polling location changes this cycle:

WARD/PRECINCT PREVIOUS LOCATION NEW LOCATION

Ward 1, Precinct 15 and Ward 13, Precinct 3

Harbor Point Technology Center

15 Harbor Point Blvd

Dorchester, MA 02125

Corcoran Jennison Mullins Community Building

270 Mt Vernon St

Dorchester, MA 02125

Ward 4, Precincts 6 and 7

Morville House 

100 Norway St

Boston, MA 02115

Northeastern University, Matthew's Arena

238 St Botolph St

Boston, MA 02115

Ward 4, Precincts 5 and 8

Symphony Plaza East and West

334 Massachusetts Ave

Boston, MA 02115

Northeastern University, Matthew's Arena

238 St Botolph St

Boston, MA 02115

Ward 7, Precincts 1 and 2

BCYF Curley Recreation Center

1663 Columbia Rd

Boston, MA 02127

Joseph P. Tynan School

650 E 4th St

Boston, MA 02127

Ward 9, Precinct 5

Marcus Garvey Gardens

44 John Eliot Sq

Boston, MA 02119

BCYF Shelburne Center

2730 Washington St

Boston, MA 02119

Ward 11, Precinct 4

Amory Street Apartments

125 Amory St

Boston, MA 02119

Word of Life Tabernacle Church

120 Amory St

Boston, MA 02119

Ward 13, Precincts 1 and 2

Cardinal Medeiros Apartments

11 Woodcliff St

Boston, MA 02125

John Winthrop Street Elementary School

35 Brookford St

Boston, MA 02125

Ward 13, Precincts 7 and 8

Catherine Clark Apartments

915 Dorchester Ave

Dorchester, MA 02125

Saint Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy- Columbia Campus

790 Columbia Rd

Dorchester, MA 02125

Ward 17, Precincts 1 and 3

Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus

22 Regina Rd

Boston, MA 02124

Codman Square Tech Center

450 Washington St

Boston, MA 02124

Ward 18, Precincts 12 and 19

Boston Trinity Academy

17 Hale St

Hyde Park, MA 02136

Hyde Park Municipal Building

1179 River St

Hyde Park, MA 02136

Ward 19, Precincts 10 and 13

BCYF Roslindale Community Center

6 Cummins Hwy

Boston, MA 02131

Washington Irving School

105 Cummins Hwy

Roslindale, MA 02131

Additionally, there are five voter entrance changes to polling locations this cycle:

WARD/PRECINCT LOCATION VOTER ENTRANCE

Ward 5, Precinct 1

41 Berkeley St

Boston, MA 02116

Berkeley Street side of the building

Ward 5, Precinct 3

24 Beacon St

Boston, MA 02133

Bowdoin Street through Ashburton Park

Ward 5, Precincts 7 and 8

700 Boylston St

Boston, MA 02116

Dartmouth Street side of the building

Ward 11, Precinct 2

BCYF Shelburne Center

2730 Washington St

Boston, MA 02119

Moved from the community room to the Gymnasium. Enter through the parking lot on Dale Street

Ward 18, Precinct 3

Mattahunt Elementary School

100 Hebron Street

Mattapan, MA 02126  

Moved from the small gymnasium in the Community Center Building to the Cafeteria in the School 

Registering to vote

Individuals can register to vote either in person at the Election Department in City Hall in room 241, by mail, online or through the Registry of Motor Vehicles by August 22, 2020, at 8 p.m to vote in the State Primary election. To be eligible to vote, an individual must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen.

Early voting

Registered voters can also decide to vote during the early voting period from Saturday, August 22 through Friday, August 28, 2020. Registered voters can vote at any of the early voting sites. No excuse is required to vote early. Hours and locations for early voting can be found online.

Voting by mail

All registered voters have received a vote-by-mail application in their mail boxes during the week of July 20, 2020. The application is in a postcard format. To receive a ballot, voters must first complete, sign and return the prepaid postcard application to the Election Department by August 26, 2020, for the State Primary. Voters may request a ballot using the vote-by-mail application for the September 1, 2020 State Primary, November 3, 2020 State Election or all 2020 elections. Voters may also request ballots in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Voters can track their ballots here. If a voter has not received or lost this application, they can request a new ballot application by completing this form here and sending it to the City of Boston's Election Department, via mail, email, or fax:

1 City Hall Square, Room 241

Boston, MA 02201

Email: absenteevoter@boston.gov

Fax: 617-635-4483

Voters may return their ballot by mail using the prepaid envelope, at an early voting location (during the early voting period), or using the Election Department dropbox located on the third floor of City Hall. City Hall is currently open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The dropbox will be accessible Monday through Friday. 

Absentee voting in person is available until August 31, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at the Elections Department in City Hall. To qualify to vote absentee, registered voters must be absent from the City on Election Day, must have a religious belief which prevents them from going inside of a polling location, or have a physical disability which prevents them from going to a polling location. The application to request an absentee ballot can be completed by mail or in person at the Election Department in City Hall. Learn more about applying here

For more information on how to participate in this year's elections, please visit boston.gov/election