Boston’s Municipal Primary set for Tuesday, Sept. 14

Next Tuesday on September 14 East Boston voters will head to the polls during the Boston Municipal Primary election and cast their ballots for Mayor and At-Large City Councilor while District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards will not be on the ballot during the Primary because she is running unopposed. 

Eastie voters will choose from a field of seven mayoral candidates and a large field of candidates running for City Councilor At-Large. 

Who is on the Ballot next TuesdayÊ

In the Boston Mayoral race four have emerged as favorites among voters ahead of the Primary and include Acting Mayor Kim Janey, Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi George and Andrea Campbell with John Barros, Robert Cappucci, and Richard Spagnuolo rounding out the field of mayoral candidates. 

The top two vote getters will compete in the Boston Municipal General Election in November. 

In the At-Large race Eastie voters can pick up to four candidates from the field of 17 At-Large candidates running in the Primary. 

The candidates for At-Large are incumbents Michael Flaherty and Julia Mejia, Ruthzee Louijeune, Jonathan Spillane, David Halbert, Erin Murphy, Said Abdikarim, Kelly Bates, James Colimon, Domingos DaRosa, Althea Garrison, Alexander Gray, Carla Monteiro, Bridget Nee-Walsh, Roy Owens, Donnie Palmer, and Nick Vance. 

Where to Vote in Eastie 

The following are the polling locations in Eastie broken down in order from Precincts 1 through 14. All Eastie polling locations will be open between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Ballots will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. Language assistance will be available on Election Day by translators at polling locations or by contacting the Election Department’s translation phone bank. Those interested in volunteering can apply to be a poll worker here. 

Precinct 1, Samuel Adams Elementary School – 165 Webster St. Vote in the auditorium. Voters enter from left of main entrance

Precinct 2, Donald Mckay School – 122 Cottage St. Vote in the music room. Voter entrance on Mckay Place

Precinct 3, BHA Heritage Apartments – 209 Sumner St. Vote in the community room.

Precinct 4, Paris Street Community Center – 112 Paris St. Vote in the gymnasium.

Precinct 5, Paris Street Community Center – 112 Paris St. Vote in the gymnasium.

Precinct 6,7,8,9 and 10 East Boston High School Gymnasium – 86 White Street. Vote in the gymnasium. Voter entrance is on the left side of the building on Brooks Street.

Precinct 11, Cheverus School Apartments – 10 Moore St. Vote in the lobby. Voter entrance is through parking lot from Chaucer Street to the left of the main entrance. 

Precinct 12, Orient Heights Yacht Club – 61 Bayswater St. Vote in the function room.

Precinct 13, Curtis Guild Elementary School – 195 Leyden St. Vote in the gymnasium. Voter entrance is at 195 Leyden street to the far right of the building.

Precinct 14, Overlook Terrace – 40 Vallar Rd. Vote in the community room. 

Vote by Mail BallotsÊ

The City of Boston has also installed 20 ballot drop boxes across the city for voters to drop off completed vote by mail ballots. 

The Ballot Drop Box location in Eastie is at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA 02128. Locations also include  both the first and third floor entrances of Boston City Hall. All drop boxes are monitored under 24 hour video surveillance. Drop boxes will also be available at each early voting location during the scheduled voting hours. 

Applications for vote by mail ballots have been mailed out to every registered voter in Boston. Voters are asked to fill out the application, including their signature, as applications received without a signature will not be accepted. To be eligible to vote by mail in the Preliminary Municipal Election, applications must be returned to the Boston Election Department by Wednesday (today), September 8, by 5 p.m.

Vote by mail applications can be returned by U.S. mail with the prepaid postcard or in-person at the Boston Election Department, City Hall, Room 241.

If a registered Boston voter did not receive or lost their application, they can request a new ballot application by completing the form available on the City’s vote-by-mail website. The form can be sent to the City of Boston’s Election Department, via mail, email, fax, or in-person. The Boston Election Department is located at Boston City Hall, City Hall Square, Room 241, Boston, MA 02201. Fax: 617-635-4483, Tel: 617-635-VOTE (8683). Email: [email protected] 

Vote By Mail

The Election Department will send out vote by mail ballots as soon as the application requests are processed. Once a voter receives their ballot package, they should follow the enclosed instructions. It is important to sign the yellow ballot affidavit envelope. Unsigned ballot affidavit envelopes will cause a ballot to be rejected. To return ballots by U.S. mail, make sure to apply sufficient postage. While ballot package weight can vary, two First Class stamps is generally sufficient.

To be counted, ballots must be received by the Boston Election Department or in a ballot drop box by the close of polls on Election Day, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Tracking Your Ballot

Boston voters can track their ballot request through the state’s website. The city will continue to mail ballots as applications arrive, until the application deadline of 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2021. 

For more information on how to participate in this year’s elections, please visit boston.gov/election.

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