Election Day 2012
Boston readies for record turnout
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For Immediate Release
November 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 Elections.

The City of Boston has more than the number of ballots required to satisfy each of the 387,142 registered voters eligible to participate tomorrow. Since September’s primary elections, the City has registered an additional 28,930 voters. Registered Democratic voters total 211,316; Republican voters total 25,903; unenrolled voters total 147,858; and Green-Rainbow and other designations total 2,065.

During the 2008 presidential election, 236,525 ballots were cast out of a possible 380,881 registered voters.

Boston has a total of 255 precincts and 153 polling locations which will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Of the 1,911 election officials that will work tomorrow, more than 458 are fluent in second languages. Bilingual election officials will be available to assist voters in Spanish, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese dialects), Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Kreyole, Italian, Portuguese, Somali, Arabic and Russian. Seventy trained elections officials will serve as “Accessibility Ambassadors” for seniors and people with disabilities. The ambassadors are trained on how to properly use the Auto Mark assistive marking device and to ensure that all voters have access to the polls.

For more information about tomorrow’s election, particularly on voting locations and for information regarding ballots, please visit www.cityofboston.gov/elections or the state’s website at www.wheredoivotema.com.

Reporter Notes

Reporters are reminded that there are rules that must be followed in order to ensure a smooth voting process for voters and maintain voter privacy.

The rules are:

  • Interviews of voters are not allowed inside polling locations and must be done at least 150 feet away from polling location.
  • Interviews with elections officials at the polling locations are not allowed. Interview requests of city officials should 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.
    • 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.
    • Camera crews and photographers will not be allowed to remain in a polling location for an extended period of time.
    • There will be NO LIVE SHOTS from inside the polling locations.
  • The following locations for b-roll shots are recommended:
    • Holy Name Parish Hall at 535 West Roxbury Parkway in West Roxbury.
    • Orchard Gardens Community Center at 2 Dearborn St. in Roxbury.
    • Cathedral High School at 74 Union Park in the South End.
    • The Tobin Municipal Building at 1481 Tremont St. in Mission Hill.
    • The Curley Middle School at 493 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain.
  • Voter turnout updates will be provided by the Mayor’s Press Office at approximately 9 a.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.
  • Results will be posted online at www.cityofboston.gov as results come in after polls close at 8:00 PM.
  • Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.




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