How To Vote In The Mayoral Election On Nov. 2

Vanessa Barron Vanessa Barron

How To Vote In The Mayoral Election On Nov. 2

It’s an important day for Bostonians: the mayoral election is finally coming to a close, and your vote on November 2nd can directly impact you, your neighborhood, and your city. Read on to get all the necessary details before you cast your ballot on Tuesday.

When do polls open?

On Tuesday, November 2nd, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you’re in line to vote when the polls close at 8 p.m., you will still be allowed to vote.

If you plan to vote early, the early voting period ranges from Saturday October 23 to Friday, October 29. You can find your early voting location here, but City Hall is the main location for early voting.

Where can I find my polling place?

The easiest way to find your closest polling spot is by filling out this form. By entering your address information, it’ll be able to tell you where to vote on Tuesday.


What should I bring?

If you’re a first time voter or an inactive voter, you may be asked to show identification when you check in at your polling location. Poll workers might also ask for identification if you’re casting a provisional or challenged ballot, or if they have reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification. Regardless, it’s a good idea to bring an ID with your name and address on it, plus a mask to wear when you’re indoors.

Who’s running for mayor?

Theres are two candidates running for mayor currently:

  • Annissa Essaibi George: George is from Dorchester and has been an at-large City Councilor since 2016. Before that, she worked as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools for 13 years. Her platform has stood out for voicing concern for public safety unions and rejecting calls to reallocate police funding. She has campaigned as the slightly more moderate candidate.
  • Michelle Wu: Wu is a Chicago native that moved to Boston after attending Harvard for her undergraduate and law degrees. She has been an at-large City Councilor since 2014, and is the more progressive candidate of the two. Her platform aims to make structural changes like free public transportation and rent control.

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