For Immediate Release
October 15, 2012
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Mayor's Press Office
October 17 is the Last Day to Register to Vote or Change Your Voting Address for the November 6 Election
The Boston Board of Election Commissioners reminds Boston residents that the last day to register to vote, to change your address, or to change Political Party enrollment for the State Election is Wednesday, October 17th, 2012. The State Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Election Department (Boston City Hall, Room 241) is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be open until 8 p.m. on October 17 to accommodate last-minute registrants. Those entering City Hall after 5 p.m. should use the Congress Street entrance, opposite Faneuil Hall.
This year the Boston Election Department has received an overwhelming amount of Voter Registrations as the State Election draws nearer. Since September 1 the office has received more than 26,000 Voter Registrations by mail, with more than 13,000 in October alone. Voters are asked to be patient when waiting for online and mail confirmation of Voter Status as a result of the large volume of forms being processed.
Prospective voters can also register, or change Political Parties, by using a mail-in form. However, the forms must be mailed in time to reach City Hall. All mail-in forms must be postmarked by October 17 for the registrant to be added to the rolls for the State Election. Mail-in forms can be found at many libraries, community centers, all BHA managed apartment complexes and health centers. A mail-in form can also be downloaded from the Boston Election Department’s website: www.cityofboston.gov/elections. Please make sure to send all registrations to: Boston Election Department; One City Hall Square- Room 241, Boston City Hall; Boston, MA 02201.
Voters who are unable to make it to the polls to vote on November 6 due to physical illness, out of town business, or religious obligations are strongly urged to vote via Absentee Ballot. Voters may either apply by mail or by downloading an application from the Boston Election Department’s website: www.cityofboston.gov/elections. Absentee voters are encouraged to apply well in advance of November 6 to insure a timely delivery of their ballot by mail.
Voters who wish to check on their voting or Political Party status online are reminded that they can visit the Boston Election Department’s website at www.cityofboston.gov/elections, and click on the link “Voter Registration Search.” By entering a name and birth date, voters can check on their voting status, registered address, and the location of their polling place. This service is also available in Spanish by clicking on the “En Espanol” link.
Voters with questions regarding their voting status or polling location should call the Boston Election Department at 617-635-3767.