Voting Information

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:

  1. 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.

Elections Department

One City Hall Square, Room 241

Boston, MA 02201

  1. Receive your ballot in the mail and fill it out.
  2. 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:

Elections Department

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.

Useful links:

Early voting polling place locations: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema//bal/myelectioninfo.aspx

How to check registration status:

LocationAddressEV Hours
BCYF Paris Street112 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
James F Condon Elementary School200 D Street, South Boston, MA 02127SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
Richard J. Murphy School1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
ABCD Thelma D. Burns Building575 Warren Street, Dorchester, MA 02121SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
Another Course to College612 E Metropolitan Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
BCYF Roche1716 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
BCYF Shelburne2730 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
Central Library in Copley Square700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
Jackson Mann School500 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
BCFY Quincy885 Washington Street, Chinatown, MA 02111SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
BCYF Tobin1481 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 12 – 8 P.M.
Harvard/Kent School50 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA 02129TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 12 – 8 P.M.
Margarita Muniz Academy20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 12 – 8 P.M.
BCYF Mildred Ave Community Center5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 12 – 8 P.M.
Saint Nectarios Greek Church39 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA 02131THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 12 – 8 P.M.
District Hall75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 12 – 8 P.M.
BCYF Perkins155 Talbot Avenue, Boston MA 02124THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 12 – 8 P.M.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center650 Dudley Street, Dorchester, MA 02125THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 12 – 8 P.M.