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Voting in Boston

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Voting in Boston

Last updated 10/19/17

Get information on your voting location, election results, and more. The City is holding a general municipal election on Tuesday, November 7.

Preliminary municipal election
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We have unofficial results for the September 26 preliminary election.
View unofficial results

Identification requirements

Contact: Election

You may be asked to show identification when you check-in at your polling place if:

  • you are voting for the first time in Mass. in a federal election
  • you are an inactive voter
  • you are casting a provisional or challenged ballot, or
  • a poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request your identification.

You aren't required to show a photo ID. You can learn more about acceptable identification on the state's website.

Learn More about identifications

Find your polling location

Polling places must be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., but some may open earlier.

Voters in line when the polls close at 8 p.m. must be allowed to vote.

Polling location search

Absentee ballots

Contact: Election

Certain registered Massachusetts voters can vote by absentee ballot if they can’t get to the polls on Election Day. After you submit your ballot, you can track it online.

Registered voters can use an absentee ballot if:
  • they’re going to be out of town during polling hours on Election Day
  • they have a physical disability and can't get to the voting location, or
  • they can't vote at the polls because of their religious beliefs.
Non-registered voters can use an absentee ballot if:
  • they are a Massachusetts citizen, but they won’t be in the state
  • they are an active member of the military (this includes their spouses or dependents), or
  • they are in prison or jail on a non-felony conviction.

Latest news

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Polling location changes ahead of upcoming City of Boston elections

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Get help

Contact: Election

If you feel that your right to vote has been violated in any way, call the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Elections Division at 1-800-462-8683.

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