2 min readBy Published On: August 29th, 2023Categories: News0 Comments on Guide to Preliminary Election in the City of Boston

FYI: The Preliminary Municipal Election will ONLY take place in City Council Districts 3, 5, 6, and 7.

City of Boston Primary Election is Tuesday, September 12th! Polls are open 7am-8pm. Wondering where to vote? You can check your polling location here!  Wondering which district you live in? Visit here! The Boston Globe also maps out districts here. 

Eligible voters must be registered to vote by September 2nd in order to cast their ballots in the Sept. 12 preliminary election. You have until 5 p.m. on September 2nd to register to vote in person and until 11:59 p.m. for online voter registration. If you register to vote by mail, it must be postmarked by Saturday, September 2, 2023.

The winners of the preliminary will then go on to compete in the general election on November 7th.

Wondering who is running for District 3? The Dorchester Reporter has profiles on the candidates here. 

Early voting for the preliminary elections for Districts 3, 5, 6, and 7 will take place September 2nd through September. 8th. Voting locations by date can be found here. 

Reminder: There are some new polling locations in the City of Boston. The new precinct structure focuses on equity across voting populations in each precinct to reduce wait times and increase access. 

Another reminder: There are a few district council races to watch after a somewhat controversial year. 

Other important dates:

October 28th: The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 5 p.m.

October 31st: The deadline to request your vote-by-mail ballot for the general election is 5 p.m.

November 7th: General election day. Voters have from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to cast their votes for district and at-large city councilors.

Odds + Ends

If you live in Districts 3, 5, 6, and 7 – you can check out the preliminary ballot here. 

Because there are only 8 candidates running for city councilor-at-large, residents will vote in the general election in November.

Early Voting for Preliminary

The Preliminary Municipal Election and early voting will ONLY take place in City Council Districts 3, 5, 6, and 7. Early voting will take place Saturday, September 2, through Friday, September 8.  You can learn more here! Here’s a map of every voting location.  The deadline to register to vote is Saturday, September 2. Voting by Mail

Voting by Mail

If you’re interested in voting by mail – you need to fill out an application for a ballot first. Here’s all the info for voting by mail, including ballot drop boxes here! 

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