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Vote early Boston

For the State Election on Tuesday, November 3, the early voting period takes place from Saturday, October 17, through Friday, October 30.

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Before you visit a location, check your voter status

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, October 17, through Friday, October 30. The deadline to register to vote is Saturday, October 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.

Did you apply to vote by mail?

If you plan to return your ballot in person instead of mailing it, we have 17 dropboxes available around the City. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to drop off your ballot. You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting location during the City's early voting period.

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Find an early voting location

Unlike traditional polling, you don’t have to vote at your assigned polling location. Vote at the location that is most convenient for you. All ballot styles will be available at every early voting location.

All early voting locations are accessible to voters with disabilities. Every location will also have AutoMark machines for voters who need help marking their ballots.

STATE ELECTION EARLY VOTING UPDATE:

There are 27 early voting sites for the November 3 State Election, including Boston City Hall. You can see information on sites across the City in the schedule below.

EARLY VOTING SCHEDULE

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Go vote early!

If you plan to vote early, you have until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 30.

Please note

If you miss the early voting period, you can still vote on Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

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Make sure you're registered to vote

To vote by mail, you must be a registered Boston voter. Not sure if you’re registered? Check your voter registration status. The deadline to register to vote is Saturday, October 24, 2020. Our office will stay open until 8 p.m. for voter registrations, but you can also register on the state's website.

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Send us your early voting request

If you want to cast your early ballot by mail for the state election, you must submit an application before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28

Please download, print out, and complete the early voting request application. You can also apply for a vote-by-mail ballot online. You can scan your signed application and email it back to us at absentee voter@boston.gov or fax it to us at 617-635-4483. You can also mail your completed application to:

Elections Department
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201

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Complete and send in your ballot

We’ll send you an Early Voting Ballot in the mail with a set of return envelopes. You can mail the ballot or drop it at any dropbox location throughout the City.

PLEASE NOTE:
  • If you plan to return your ballot in person instead of mailing it, we have 17 dropboxes available around the City. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to drop off your ballot. You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting location during the City's early voting period.
  • If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked by November 3 and the Election Department must receive it by November 6.
Contact:
Election
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
What is early voting?
  • Unlike Absentee Voting, you do not need an excuse or reason to vote early.
  • Under the law, cities and towns must have at least one early voting site open during normal business hours.

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