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Register to Vote by Aug. 22; Early Voting & Mail-In Ballots Available for 2020 Elections

The Massachusetts State Primary is Tuesday, September 1, 2020. This year, in addition to early voting, which allows for more flexibility in getting to the polls and less crowds at polling locations, individuals can also choose to vote-by-mail. Here are all the ways to make sure your vote counts on Election Day.

Register to Vote!

The last day to register to vote is Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Register in person at the Election Department in City Hall in room 241, by mail, online, or through the Registry of Motor Vehicles.


All registered voters have received a vote-by-mail application in their mail boxes during the week of July 20, 2020. If you did not receive one or can’t find it, you can request a new application.

To receive a ballot, voters must first complete, sign, and return the prepaid postcard application to the Election Department by August 26, 2020 for the State Primary. Voters may request a ballot using the vote-by-mail application for the September 1, 2020 State Primary, November 3, 2020 State Election, or all 2020 elections. Voters may also request ballots in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Upon receiving your ballot, return it by mail using the prepaid envelope, at an early voting location, or using the Election Department dropbox located on the third floor of City Hall. City Hall is currently open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Early Voting: August 22 – August 28

Individuals can vote during the early voting period from Saturday, August 22 through Friday, August 28, 2020. Registered voters can vote at any of the early voting sites. No excuse is required to vote early.

Boston City Hall is the closest early voting polling location to the North End and Waterfront. City Hall will be open for voting Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Tuesday, Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

See all early voting locations and hours.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in person is available until August 31, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at the Elections Department in City Hall. To qualify to vote absentee, registered voters must be absent from the City on Election Day, must have a religious belief that prevents them from going inside of a polling location, or have a physical disability that prevents them from going to a polling location.

The application to request an absentee ballot can be completed by mail or in person at the Election Department in City Hall. Learn more about absentee voting.

Election Day

The State Primary election includes the following races: Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress, Governor’s Council, State Senate, State Representative, and Register of Probate.

Polling locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, all poll workers will receive face shields, face masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray, and hand sanitizer. Cleaning will take place at each site every two to three hours. Voters waiting in line will be instructed to stand 6 feet away from others and wear a face covering. 

These are the polling locations serving most North End / Waterfront residents:

  • Christopher Columbus Apartments, 145 Commercial Street (Precinct 1)
  • Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennett Street (Precincts 2 & 3)
  • Casa Maria Apartments, 130 Endicott St. (Precinct 4, formerly was 41 N. Margin St. – KoC)
  • Harbor Towers / Rowes Wharf / Downtown (Precinct 6) votes at City Hall

Not sure which precinct you’re in? Enter your street address here to find out!

More information about elections and voting can be found on the City’s website.

15 Replies to “Register to Vote by Aug. 22; Early Voting & Mail-In Ballots Available for 2020 Elections

  1. Remember to vote this color, North Enders too we’re not the actual enemies.
    💙💙💙💙💙 BLUE BLUE

    1. Gee that argument almost had me convinced. But then I’m not sure what you are talking about. Are you going to bring your crayons.

      1. A black pen I will be using before November 3rd not a crayon you can’t use crayons to vote🤦‍♂️ Red is not the right crayon/party to vote for. Wait until the mail/SS is gone, Medicare is gone. He wants everything defunded. I wouldn’t be surprised if he defunded your phone company.

  2. Blue might be your color, not mine. This President, I agree, is nothing like we have ever seen
    in our lifetime. Did he do all he said he was going to do, Absolutely, but Mexico didn’t pay for
    the wall, we did, well worth it. We have a Pandemic going on & I don’t believe we need more
    immigrants on the Gravy Train. Blue is for Socialism & I choose Capitalism. I don’t want to support
    anymore freeloaders, we have more than enough & I certainly don’t want to pay more taxes

    1. Immigrants that I have both worked with and done some business, seem to work very hard, but keep a low profile. Since finding work isn’t a given for them, they don’t seem to me to take anything for granted. Now some naturalized citizens I know, more or less voluntarily accepted unemployment and milked the gravy train for all that it was worth. Seems that being born in America means entitlement. The handouts have been a joke. Witnessed by the on-line gambling stocks crushing the first half of this year. An article this weekend reports that Fidelity and other on-line brokers set records this first half year for new customer sign-ups. Robinhood has just exploded as the broker-du-jour for generation Z types. Yellowstone National Park has reported record numbers, eclipsing last year’s record year.

      I’m first generation and I can tell you my parents worked very hard their whole lives, fought in wars for this country and raised children that did the same. News outlets push political agendas that suit themselves their political allies. They publish fear and panic and ignore fact.

      We are living in the best of times and the worst of times, but we don’t realize how lucky we are.

    2. He should’ve shut down the country in February when the first case was reported in February in Washington of all spots. I do have moderate in me I am aware some of the Dems/left are sneaks too. He shouldn’t be locking up those kids in cages ? He also said April it would all go away just another lie. I wonder why the wall is only for Mexico maybe Russia should have a wall or China too. I really can’t afford him being around for another term.

      1. Shouldda, wouldda, but when he tried to shut down travel and reentry of the infected cruise ships, the press had a field day. Shutting down the country would have only lined them up to take the opposite side. A good chunk of the country did shut down, but had no affect other than put people out of work. Massachusetts actually had a worse problem after its own government shut it down. The stock market is heading for a new record today, the FDA cannot withhold treatment any longer and the Post Office has been a basket case for a very long while now and has required bailouts annually. Social Security’s future is still bleak due to Congressional inaction. The end date is still 2032. I have gotten annual cost of living increases (a raise) since the current administration has been in place. The problem that sent the majority of senior citizens to vote for Trump was the odd dichotomy in the former administration where they denied a COLA based on no inflation, but increased Medicare’s monthly cost siting an increase in inflation. But, worse yet, your only other choice is Biden who our own Mike Dukakis destroyed and exposed his penchant for numerous lies. See that dichotomy again? They reviled him for generations and now they want him now that he is old and decrepit. Logic is the enemy of the Democratic party!

    3. Joan Of Arc- Our own Post Office is in jeopardy, SS will be gone, Medicare everything. He doesn’t even respect the postal service and Dejoy. Agree that Mitch is no good for both sides. He’s worse than 45 GOP’s are even starting to realize it.

    1. If people want change they have to excerize their right to vote. Whether it’s absentee ballot, in person or by mail. Mail in voting in a pandemic makes the most sense to me.Many of the volunteers who work at the polling sites are elderly and the block of people who consistently vote are seniors who understand the importance of voting.Mail in voting and early voting is the way to go. As I said voting is a right but no one should risk their health and lives waiting in lines .The youth march and protest but don’t vote because they need everything and I mean everything done for them. VOTE!!!

  3. T Mobile, People didn’t want to go back to work after the government handed over money that
    they never saw in their lifetimes, and this applies to both U.S. Citizens & Legal Immigrants.
    There are people who have Section 8, Food Stamps, etc. & work, but they inform their
    employers not to give them raises because it will put them into a different tax brackett & they
    could lose their Section 8, etc. They are very hard workers that know the system much
    better than we could ever know it. This has been going on for many years & no President has ever taken out the time to try to correct the situation. Shame on them all. This country is in
    rough shape right now, what sickens me the most is that these Democratic Run Cities hate
    Trump so much, they are willing to have rioters kill & destroy their cities, and not take the
    help from the National Guard. How sick is this? How do these city officials sleep at nite is
    beyond me.

    1. I’m not saying the abuse doesn’t exist, but the people milking the system are the same people that have milked the system for years, even generations. I grew up seeing this as close as next door. Now going back, I hear things like, Did you hear about your old friend, so and so (not really my friend) … in jail. Or dead. I think they throw in the old friend part just to needle me. But the end game is, they milk the system until they kill the cow.

      The elected can allow mayhem and sleep well because they have nothing at stake.

  4. BTW, Does anyone happen to know if your tenants don’t pay you rent, does the Landlord still
    have to pay Real Estate Taxes? I think it is only fair, if Tenants don’t pay rent then Landlords
    should not have to pay the Taxes. No evictions, No Taxes being paid.

    1. The last that I had heard was you can delay payment, but must pay within the new deadline. The majority of landlords in Massachusetts are Mom and Pop operations, but the electeds are under the impression that they are major corporations. Look at their agendas. They are good at handing out other peoples money, but quite tight with their own. But with all this money flying around, taxpayers are not getting a break.

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