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Monday, September 17, 2018

CITY OF BOSTON LAUNCHES EARLY VOTING WEBSITE AND SCHEDULE

CITY OF BOSTON LAUNCHES EARLY VOTING WEBSITE AND SCHEDULE
'Vote Early Boston' website will help voters find early voting locations

BOSTON - Monday, September 17, 2018 - Boston election officials today launched the "Vote Early Boston" website (boston.gov/early-voting) which provides voters with important information about the City of Boston's early voting initiative. "Vote Early Boston" begins Monday, October 22 and runs through Friday, November 2. During that time, registered Boston voters will be able to cast their ballots for the November 6 Election, at any early voting location.

"Ensuring all Boston voters are able to vote conveniently, and on their own schedule, is paramount to ensuring voter turnout," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "We have seen in past years the success of early voting, and I am proud that we'll be able to offer this resource again to our residents, in addition to all the other resources the City provides during election season."

"The City has gone above and beyond again by offering Boston voters many different options for early voting," said Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, a nonpartisan organization that led the campaign to enact early voting in 2014. "The many different days, locations, and hours will making voting more convenient and accessible for Boston residents and will facilitate participation while reducing long lines on election day. It's a great plan."

Unlike Absentee Voting, no reason is needed to vote early. Any Boston voter who wishes to vote early may at any early voting location.

During the early voting period, City Hall will be Boston's main early voting site, with voting daily during normal business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, City Hall will also be open until 8 p.m. for for early voting.

Early voting neighborhood "pop up" polling locations will also be available throughout the city on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m., during the early voting period.

"Early Voting Weekend" will occur on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday October 28; there will be nine early voting locations - one in each City Council District - open on both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A multi-channel outreach campaign in several languages will be used to inform Boston Voters about Vote Early Boston 2018.

Organizations are encouraged to contact the Boston Election Department if they would like to host non partisan events or activities to promote early voting locations. Interested groups should contact us at election@boston.gov or 617-635-3833.

For a full schedule, please visit boston.gov/early-voting.

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