Boston's 2012 State Primary Election Preparations
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For Immediate Release
September 05, 2012
Released By:
Mayor's Office
For More Information Contact:
Mayor's Press Office

Today, the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Boston released plans for tomorrow’s 2012 State Primary Election.

More than 364,000 registered voters are eligible to participate in this election. There will be approximately 1,500 election officers assigned to Boston’s 255 voting precincts, which are housed at 153+ locations. The polls in Boston open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Boston’s ballots are printed in English/Spanish across the City.  In precincts where there is a need, English/Chinese and English/Vietnamese ballots will be available. Nearly 400 election officers speak one or more languages in addition to English, including Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole and Russian. 

For more information about tomorrow’s election, please visit


Reporter Notes

Reporters are reminded that there are certain rules that must be followed in order to ensure a smooth voting process for voters, as well as respecting their privacy. The rules are:

  • 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 Commissioner must be directed through the Mayor’s Press Office at 617-635-4461.
  • Photos and b-roll shots will be allowed under the supervision of each poll’s warden.
    • Photographers are reminded that zooming in on voter ballots and shots over the shoulders of voters will not be allowed – please respect every voter’s right to a private ballot.
  • The following locations for b-roll shots are recommended:
    • The Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
    • Cathedral High School at 74 Union Park in the South End.
    • Dorchester House at 1353 Dorchester Avenue
    • Holy Name Parish Hall at 535 West Roxbury Parkway in West Roxbury.
    • The Tobin Municipal Building at 1481 Tremont St. in Mission Hill.
    • Orchard Gardens Community Center at 2 Dearborn St. in Roxbury.
    • Curley Recreation Center at 1663 Columbia Rd (M St entrance) South Boston
  • The City of Boston Election Department will also be available for b-roll shots starting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Results will be posted online at in after polls close at 8:00 p.m.
  • Please do not call the Election Department for results: you will only be referred to the website.




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