Voting Early in the General Election

Ballot Dropbox Locations

You can drop off your mail-in ballot at any early voting location during the early voting period. Fr a full list of ballot dropbox locations, visit boston.gov/election.

Central Library at Copley Square:

700 Boylston St. Back Bay

The Dropbox will be available seven days a week until 8pm on Election Day, November 3

Boston City Hall

Available seven days a week through 8pm 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.

Early Voting

To vote early, you must be a registered Boston voter. Any registered Boston voter can vote at any early voting location. You don’t need an excuse or reason to vote early. Not sure if you’re registered? Find out your voter registration status.

For the State Election on Tuesday, November 3, the early voting period takes place from Saturday, Oct. 17, through Friday, Oct. 30. The deadline to register to vote is Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Our office will stay open that day until 8 p.m. for voter registrations, but you can also register on the state’s website.

Early Voting

Locations:

Central Library at Copley Square:

700 Boylston St. Back Bay

Saturday, Oct. 24 11am-7pm

Sunday, Oct. 25 11am-7pm

Josiah Quincy School

885 Washington St., Chinatown

Saturday, Oct. 17 11am-7pm

Sunday, Oct. 18 11am-7pm

Fenway Park (Gate A entrance)

4 Jersey St., Fenway-Kenmore

Saturday, Oct. 17 11am-7pm

Sunday, Oct. 18 11am-7pm

Dewitt Center

122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury

Saturday, Oct. 17 11am-7pm

Sunday, Oct. 18 11am-7pm

For more locations, visit boston.gov/election.

The Election Department is reminding residents that Saturday, Oct. 24 is the last day to  register to vote and Wednesday, Oct. 28 is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot. 

The election includes races for: Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress, Governor’s Councilors, Senator in General Court, Representative in General Court, Register of Probate, and Office of the President of the United States. In addition to the races, there are two ballot questions: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Motor Vehicle Mechanical Data & Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Ranked-Choice Voting, and two public policy questions in State Representative Districts 11, 15, 17 and 18. 

Any registered Boston voter can vote at any early voting location from Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the Election Department is implementing health and safety protocols for in-person voting during the early voting period and on Election Day. 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 six feet away from others and wear a face covering. More information about COVID-19 safety at the polls can be found at https://www.boston.gov/news/how-we-are-ensuring-health-and-safety-our-polling-locations.

Voting by Mail 

All Massachusetts registered voters have received a vote-by-mail application in their mail boxes for the State Primary and the State Election. 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 Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. 

If residents never received or lost this application, they can now request a vote-by-mail ballot online at www.mailmyballotma.com. They can also request a new ballot application by completing this form at https://www.boston.gov/news/mail-voting-information-city-boston and return it to the City of Boston’s Election Department, via mail, email, fax or by dropping it off in person at Boston City Hall room 241, or in the drop box on the third floor entrance of City Hall.

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 617-635-4483

Returning Completed Ballots

Once a voter receives their ballot, they are encouraged to complete and return it to the Election Department as soon as possible. Completed ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by November 3 and received by the Election Department by November 6 to be counted. Massachusetts voters can track their ballot request, whether requested by mail or online, through trackmyballotMA.com    . The Boston Election Department started mailing out ballots this week, and will continue to mail ballots as applications arrive, until the application deadline of Oct. 28, 2020. 

Voters may also return their ballot using one of the 17 dropboxes which will be available 24/7 through 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020, as well as at an early voting location during the early voting period. Voters may additionally return their ballot to City Hall, which is currently open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Voting in Person on Election Day 

Voters are reminded there are 20 precinct polling location changes this cycle that can be found here. Polling locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Individuals can find their polling location for Election Day at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema//bal/myelectioninfo.aspx.

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

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