Democratic Primary Election 2022
State Primary Election Day is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. You can vote in three ways: (1) Early Voting in Person, (2) Election Day in Person, and (3) Vote By Mail.
Vote in Person
Early Voting in person starts on Saturday, August 27 and ends on Friday, September 2. Registered voters in Boston can vote early in person at City Hall and polling locations throughout the city.
You find a list and map of Early Voting polling locations at https://www.boston.gov/departments/election/early-voting-boston.
You can find your Election Day polling location here: http://wheredoivotema.com
Vote by Mail
Applications to vote by mail (to be sent your ballot) must be received by Monday, August 29. Links to download applications in multiple languages are available at https://www.boston.gov/departments/election/early-voting-boston.
You can also scan your signed application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also drop it off or mail it to: Elections Department, 1 City Hall Square, Room 241, Boston, MA 02201. Office hours are Mon – Fri 9am -5pm. You can track your ballot at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx.
Your Vote by Mail ballot must be received by 8pm on Election Day (Sept. 6) in one of the following ways:
- Mailed (pre-paid envelop provided),
- Dropped off at City Hall, Election Department,
- Dropped off at an Early Voting polling location during early voting hours, or
- Deposited in a Ballot Drop Box, which you can find at https://www.boston.gov/departments/election/mail-voting-boston.
Note: While you can drop your Vote by Mail ballot at an early voting location, you cannot drop if off at your polling location on Election Day.
Register to Vote!
The deadline to register to vote in Massachusetts is always 20 days before the election. The deadline to register in time for the 2022 Primary Election is Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 5 PM. You can register to vote here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/?ref=voteusa.
A voter can register online, by mail, or in person at any registration office or the Registry of Motor Vehicles. A form of identification is required to register. The following are acceptable forms of identification:
- Valid driver’s license
- State-issued identification card
- Current utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government-issued check
- Any other government document displaying the voter’s name and address
Pre-registering to Vote
Though you must be 18 years old in order to vote, you may pre-register to vote once you are 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may submit a voter registration form to your local election official, who will then place your name on the list of pre-registrants. You will receive a pre-registration notice by mail, confirming receipt of your application. Pre-registration may be done online, by mail, or in person at any voter registration location (see above).
Once you become old enough to vote, your local election will mail you an acknowledgement notice, which is confirmation that your name has been moved from the list of pre-registrants to the list of registered voters. Your acknowledgement notice will include your party affiliation and the location of your polling place.
It is important to keep your local election official informed of any changes to your information. You must submit a new voter registration form if you wish to change your name, address, mailing address, or political affiliation.