Vote from Home (Vote By Mail) and Early Voting Information:
All registered voters in Boston are eligible to no-excuse vote by mail per Massachusetts extension of vote by mail policy and will be receiving applications to do so. Ballots are mailed as soon as requests are received by the elections department.
Vote from Home: Need to know
- Voting by mail is a safe, convenient way of voting and a perfect use of best practices in mitigating spread in the midst of this global pandemic.
- Absentee voter fraud is incredibly rare—a voter is more likely to be struck by lightning in their lifetime (.006%) than to commit voter fraud. Over a 20-year period in Oregon, where the voting process is entirely absentee, just 495 cases of proven fraud have occurred since 2000, while over 100 million ballots were cast (0.0000001%).
- If there are any concerns as to the location of a ballot once it has been sent, you can track the status of a ballot at any point through the process with Massachusetts SOS at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx
How to Vote from Home:
- Request a mail-in ballot with an application and submit it. (Don’t forget to sign and date it!) Applications to vote by mail must be delivered to the city elections department.
One City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
- Receive your ballot in the mail and fill it out.
- Mail your ballot to your local election office or place it in a designated dropbox.
Missed the application in the mail?
Application to vote by mail: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2021-Vote-by-Mail-Application.pdf
Return your application to the address below:
One City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
Scan your application to the email address below:
Email: [email protected]
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would like to vote by mail, it is recommended that you submit your application to do so by August 31st in order to ensure sufficient time to receive and are able to return your ballot. After September 7th, we recommend that you utilize a dropbox to return your ballot.
In-person early voting information
If unable to vote by mail, or if you prefer to vote in person, there are many opportunities to vote early before the preliminary election.
Early voting dates and times for 9/14 Preliminary Election:
Saturday, 9/04 11am-7PM at neighborhood sites
Sunday, 9/05 11am-7PM at neighborhood sites
Monday, 9/06 Labor day, NO EARLY VOTING
Tuesday, 9/07 9am-8PM at City Hall
Wednesday, 9/08 9am-8pm at City hall
12pm-8pm at neighborhood sites
Thursday, 9/09 9am-8pm at City Hall
Friday, 9/10 9am-5pm at City Hall
- Per the state of Massachusetts, You may be asked to show identification when you check-in at your polling place for any of the following reasons:
- You are voting for the first time in Massachusetts in a federal election;
- You are an inactive voter;
- You are casting a provisional or challenged ballot;
- The poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification.
Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. Examples of acceptable identification include: a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, lease, a copy of a voter registration affidavit, or any other printed identification which contains the voter’s name and address.
Early voting polling place locations: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema//bal/myelectioninfo.aspx
How to check registration status:
- You must be 18 years and registered to vote in the city or town you reside in order to cast a ballot in municipal elections.
- In order to vote in the Boston preliminary election you must be registered to vote by August 25th at 8PM.
- Useful links:
- Voter registration information: https://www.boston.gov/departments/elections/how-register-vote
- Voter registration status: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx
- Register online to vote: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/
|BCYF Paris Street||112 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|James F Condon Elementary School||200 D Street, South Boston, MA 02127||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|Richard J. Murphy School||1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|ABCD Thelma D. Burns Building||575 Warren Street, Dorchester, MA 02121||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|Another Course to College||612 E Metropolitan Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|BCYF Roche||1716 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|BCYF Shelburne||2730 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|Central Library in Copley Square||700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|Jackson Mann School||500 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|BCFY Quincy||885 Washington Street, Chinatown, MA 02111||SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||11 A.M. – 7 P.M.|
|BCYF Tobin||1481 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120||TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7||12 – 8 P.M.|
|Harvard/Kent School||50 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA 02129||TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7||12 – 8 P.M.|
|Margarita Muniz Academy||20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130||TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7||12 – 8 P.M.|
|BCYF Mildred Ave Community Center||5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126||TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7||12 – 8 P.M.|
|Saint Nectarios Greek Church||39 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA 02131||THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9||12 – 8 P.M.|
|District Hall||75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210||THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9||12 – 8 P.M.|
|BCYF Perkins||155 Talbot Avenue, Boston MA 02124||THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9||12 – 8 P.M.|
|The Salvation Army Kroc Center||650 Dudley Street, Dorchester, MA 02125||THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9||12 – 8 P.M.|