As the city prepares for the upcoming Preliminary Municipal Electionon Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Election Department announced a change to one of Eastie’s polling locations.
During the construction of Phase I of the Orient Heights Housing Development Precinct 14 was moved to the Curtis Guild Elementary School at 5 Ashley St.
Now that Phase I is over and Phase II of the project will near completion in spring 2020 the city has moved Precinct 14 back to the Orient Heights Community Building at 38 Vallar Road.
Residents registered to vote are reminded to head to that location to cast their ballots during the Primary.
While the last day to register to vote was last Wednesday absentee applications and voting absentee in person are available until Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at noon in the Elections Department at City Hall. This can be completed on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are also two more weekend sessions available on Sept. 14, and 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Absentee ballots are available in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.
The Sept. 24 Preliminary Municipal Election will include candidates who are running for City Councilor At-Large and City Councilor seats for Districts 5, 7, 8 and 9. There will be no Primary for Councilor Lydia Edward’s District 1 seat because she is running unopposed.
The race for At Large includes four incumbents, Michelle Wu, Althea Garrison, Annissa Essaibi George and Michael Flaherty trying to keep their seats on the council. They are being challenged by candidates Erin J. Murphy, Priscilla E. Flint-Banks, Martin “Marty” Keogh, Alejandra Nicole St. Guillen, Michel Denis, Jeffrey Michael Ross, Domingos DaRosa, Herb Alexander Lozano, William A. King, David Halbert and Julia Mejia.
As there are four At-Large positions to be filled, the top eight vote-getters in the Preliminary Election will appear on the general election ballot.
Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day on Sept. 24, 2019. Language assistance will be available on Election Day by poll workers in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Russian and Portuguese.