For Immediate Release
August 16, 2010
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BOSTON, MA – 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 Primaries is Wednesday, August 25, 2010. The State Primaries will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. The Election Department (Boston City Hall, Room 241) is open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM, and will be open until 8PM on August 25th to accommodate last-minute registrants. Those entering City Hall after 5PM should use the Congress Street entrance, opposite Faneuil Hall.
Unlike most Primary years, there are a number of contested races this September. Voters are urged to visit the Election Department’s website to see a list of Suffolk County candidates, as well as candidates for federal and state-wide offices. Voters are reminded that voting is address-based in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, so those who have moved since last voting should make sure that they have updated their voting records to reflect their local address.
Prospective voters can also register, or change Political Parties, by using a mail-in form. However, the forms must be mailed in plenty of time to reach City Hall. All mail-in forms must be postmarked by August 25th for the registrant to be added to the rolls for the Primaries. Mail-in forms can be found at many libraries, community centers 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; Room 241, Boston City Hall; Boston, MA 02201.
In the September 14 State Primaries, registered Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians will be selecting candidates to represent their Parties in the State Election on November 2, 2010. Unenrolled/No Party voters may also participate in the Primaries by choosing either the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian ballot. The voter will then revert to his/her Unenrolled status automatically. Voters with other Party Designations DO NOT participate in the Primaries. Voters who want to check 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.