City of Boston Prepares for Special State Primary Election
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For Immediate Release
April 29, 2013
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 2013 Special State Primary.

Tomorrow’s Special Election will be a partisan primary for the Office of Senator in Congress to fill the vacancy left by Senator John Kerry and for the First Suffolk Senate District to fill the vacancy left by Senator Jack Hart.

Only voters who are registered Republicans, Democrats or as Unenrolled are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s primary. Additionally, while the race for Senator in Congress will appear on the ballot at all 254 precincts, the race for the First Suffolk Senate District will be limited to only specific precincts in the city. If you have any questions regarding your Ward and Precinct, please contact the Boston Election Department at (617) 635-3767.

The City of Boston has more than the number of ballots required to satisfy each of the more than 389,000 registered voters eligible to participate tomorrow. Of the more than 1,500 election officials that will work tomorrow, more than 400 are fluent in second languages. Boston has a total of 254 precincts and 159 polling locations which will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

All precincts will have ballots written in English and Spanish and ballots fully translated in Chinese and Vietnamese will also be available in precincts where there is a need for these languages. Interpreters will be available to assist voters in Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese dialects), Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole and Russian, as well as other languages.

Please note that Tuesday, April 30 is also the first day that Nomination Papers will be distributed to prospective candidates hoping to qualify for September’s Municipal Primary. All municipal office seekers have been discouraged from collecting signatures at polling locations. It is the priority of the Boston Election Department that voters are allowed to enter the polling locations unimpeded.

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 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 elections officials are not allowed. Interview requests of city officials will be directed through the 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:
    • 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
    • BCYF Curley Community Center at 1663 Columbia Rd. in South Boston
    • Catherine F Clark Apartments at 915 Dorchester Ave. in Dorchester
    • The Codman Square Tech Center at 450 Washington St. in Dorchester
  • The City of Boston Election Department will also be available for b-roll shots starting at 7:30 AM.
  • Results will be posted online at as results come in after polls close at 8:00 PM.


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