City of Boston Announced Plans for Tomorrow's Special State Election
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For Immediate Release
June 24, 2013
Released By:
Mayor's Office
For More Information Contact:
Mayor's Press Office

The Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Boston today released plans for tomorrow’s 2013 Special State Election.

Tomorrow’s Special State Election will be the final election for the Office of Senator in Congress to fill the vacancy left by Senator John Kerry and for the 8th Suffolk Representative District to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Martha Walz.

While the race for Senator in Congress will appear on the ballot at all 255 Boston precincts, the race for the 8th Suffolk Representative District will be limited to only specific precincts in the City. Voters with questions regarding their Ward and Precinct should contact the Boston Election Department at 617-635-3767.

The City of Boston has well over the number of ballots to satisfy each of the more than 390,000 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 255 precincts and 159 polling locations which will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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. Tomorrow, 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.

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 officers at the polls are not allowed. Interview requests of Election Officials will be directed through the Press Office: 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
    • 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
  • 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 as results come in after polls close at 8:00 p.m.


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