Municipal Elections 2021
Boston will hold its Preliminary Election on SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 to choose two candidates for each contested seat to advance to the General Election on NOVEMBER 2, 2021. Two candidates for Mayor will advance to the General. If there are more than 8 candidates for the 4 At-Large City Council seats, the top 8 vote getters will advance to the General. If there are more than 2 candidates for any of the District City Council seats, the top 2 vote getters will advance.
Candidates can submit their names to the City of Boston Elections Commission (“pull papers”) between April 13 and May 11, 2021. They must filed their paperwork by May 18, 2021. Candidates for Mayor need 3,000 signatures; At-Large Councilors need 1,500; and District Councilors need 300 (except Districts 7, 8, and 9 which require fewer).
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 Boston’s Preliminary Election this year is SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 at 8 PM. The deadline to register for the General Election is OCTOBER 13, 2021 at 8 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.