Monday, August 31, 2020



All in-person polling locations will be operated in accordance with public health guidelines

BOSTON - Saturday, August 29, 2020 - The City of Boston Election Department is reminding residents that Tuesday, September 1, 2020 is the State Primary election. The Primary includes the following races: Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress, Governor's Councillors, Senator in General Court, Representative in General Court, and Register of Probate. On Election Day, polling locations in Boston will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Individuals are encouraged to confirm their polling location for Election Day here.

Printed ballots will be available in English and Spanish, English and Chinese, and English and Vietnamese. For this year's State Primary, there are 420,345 registered voters in Boston. The Election Department has recruited and trained more than 1,800 poll workers to work at polling locations across the City that house 255 voting precincts. There are over 300 poll workers who are able to provide assistance in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean, Russian, and Portuguese. All poll workers have been trained on following the COVID-19 safety protocols.

Due to COVID-19, health and safety protocols on Election Day will be implemented at each polling location. 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. 

Voters who requested vote-by-mail ballots or absentee ballots must have their signed ballot returned to the Boston Election Department by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 1, 2020 in order to be counted. Voters can track the status of their vote-by-mail ballots here. Vote-by-mail ballots can also be returned to the Election Department by dropping it off at the dropbox located on the third floor of Boston City Hall (City Hall Plaza entrance) between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, August 31 and between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1. If a voter brings a vote-by-mail ballot to their polling location, they will be provided with the opportunity to cast their vote in person. A poll worker will assist them in ensuring that their mail-in ballot is discarded before casting the in-person vote. 

Voters who have changed their mind about voting by mail and their ballot has not been received by the Election Department, may vote in-person at their designated polling location. Voters can find their polling location for Election Day here.

Additionally, in-person absentee voting is available until August 31, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at the Election Department in City Hall. To qualify to vote absentee, registered voters must be absent from the City on Election Day, must have a religious belief which prevents them from going inside of a polling location, or have a physical disability which prevents them from going to a polling location. The application to request an absentee ballot can be completed in person at the Election Department in City Hall. Learn more about applying here

Voters are reminded there are 20 precinct polling location changes this election cycle:

Ward 1, Precinct 15 and Ward 13, Precinct 3
Harbor Point Technology Center
15 Harbor Point Blvd
Dorchester, MA 02125
Corcoran Jennison Mullins Community Building
270 Mt Vernon St
Dorchester, MA 02125
Ward 4, Precincts 6 and 7
Morville House 
100 Norway St
Boston, MA 02115
Northeastern University, Matthew's Arena
238 St Botolph St
Boston, MA 02115
Ward 4, Precincts 5 and 8
Symphony Plaza East and West
334 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Northeastern University, Matthew's Arena
238 St Botolph St
Boston, MA 02115
Ward 7, Precincts 1 and 2
BCYF Curley Recreation Center
1663 Columbia Rd
Boston, MA 02127
Joseph P. Tynan School
650 E 4th St
Boston, MA 02127
Ward 9, Precinct 5
Marcus Garvey Gardens
44 John Eliot Sq
Boston, MA 02119
BCYF Shelburne Center
2730 Washington St
Boston, MA 02119
Ward 11, Precinct 4
Amory Street Apartments
125 Amory St
Boston, MA 02119
Word of Life Tabernacle Church
120 Amory St
Boston, MA 02119
Ward 13, Precincts 1 and 2
Cardinal Medeiros Apartments
11 Woodcliff St
Boston, MA 02125
John Winthrop Street Elementary School
35 Brookford St
Boston, MA 02125
Ward 13, Precincts 7 and 8
Catherine Clark Apartments
915 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
Saint Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy- Columbia Campus
790 Columbia Rd
Dorchester, MA 02125
Ward 17, Precincts 1 and 3
Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone Campus
22 Regina Rd
Boston, MA 02124
Codman Square Tech Center
450 Washington St
Boston, MA 02124
Ward 18, Precincts 12 and 19
Boston Trinity Academy
17 Hale St
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Hyde Park Municipal Building
1179 River St
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Ward 19, Precincts 10 and 13
BCYF Roslindale Community Center
6 Cummins Hwy
Boston, MA 02131
Washington Irving School
105 Cummins Hwy
Roslindale, MA 02131

Additionally, there are five voter entrance changes to polling locations this cycle:

Ward 5, Precinct 1
41 Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02116
Berkeley Street side of the building
Ward 5, Precinct 3
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133
Bowdoin Street through Ashburton Park
Ward 5, Precincts 7 and 8
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
Dartmouth Street side of the building
Ward 11, Precinct 2
BCYF Shelburne Center
2730 Washington St
Boston, MA 02119
Moved from the community room to the Gymnasium. Enter through the parking lot on Dale Street
Ward 18, Precinct 3
Mattahunt Elementary School
100 Hebron Street
Mattapan, MA 02126  
Moved from the small gymnasium in the Community Center Building to the Cafeteria in the School 

Media guidelines

Members of the media are reminded that certain rules must be followed in order to ensure a smooth voting process for voters. 
  • Interviews of voters are not allowed inside polling locations and must be done at least 150 feet away.
  • Interviews with election officers at the polling locations are not allowed. Interview requests for the Election Department should be directed through the Press Office at (617) 635-4461.
  • Photos and b-roll shots will be allowed under the supervision of each polling location's warden.
  • Photographers are reminded that zooming in on voter ballots and over-the-shoulder shots will not be allowed. Please respect every voter's right to a private ballot.
  • The City of Boston Election Department will also be available for b-roll shots starting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Unofficial results will be posted online at after the polls close at 8:00 p.m.
  • Updates will be provided periodically via our Facebook and Twitter account: @BostonElections
  • Please do not call the Election Department for results. You will only be referred to the website.
For more information about the State Primary, please visit or contact the Boston Election Department 617-635-8683 or

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