Mail-in voting information for the City of Boston
All registered Boston voters have received a vote-by-mail application in their mailboxes for the Municipal Election on November 2.
The application is in a postcard format. To vote by mail in the Municipal Elections, voters must complete, sign and return the prepaid postcard application to the Boston Election Department by Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
If you never received the application, we have information below about how you can apply.
How to apply
If you want to mail or fax your application, you can download one:
- 2021 vote-by-mail application (English) / Solicitud de Voto por Correo 2021 (Español)
- 2021 vote-by-mail application (English) / Đơn Xin Bầu Bằng Thư 2021 (Tiếng Việt)
- 2021 vote-by-mail application (English) / 2021 年郵寄投票申請表 (中文)
You can scan your signed application and email it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to us at 617-635-4483. You can also drop off or mail your completed application to:
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
Office hours: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Applications to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by Wednesday, October 27, for the Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 2. If you're planning to vote by mail and you haven't already applied, the Postal Service recommends you apply by Wednesday, October 20, to ensure you receive your ballot in time.Tracking your ballot
Boston voters can track their ballot requested by mail through the state's website. We will start mailing out ballots by mid-August. We will continue to mail ballots as applications arrive, until the application deadline of October 27, 2021.
Complete your ballot
You can mail the ballot to the address on the envelope. Please submit your completed ballot as soon as possible. The Boston Election Department is now providing postage paid envelopes for the return of voted ballots.
"The postage paid envelopes are the result of an Ordinance to increase voter participation, that was passed by the City Council and signed by the Mayor in September."
If you plan to return your ballot in person instead of mailing it, we have dedicated drop boxes available across the City, including at Boston City Hall. You can find a list of drop box locations below. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to drop off your ballot.
When installed, our drop boxes will be monitored by surveillance 24 hours a day, seven days a week leading up until 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting location during the City's early voting period.
If you bring a mail-in ballot to your polling location on Election Day, you will be provided with the opportunity to cast your vote in-person at that polling location. A poll worker will help you to ensure that your mail-in ballot is spoiled before casting the in-person vote.
List of drop box locationsDrop box list
Accessible voting by mail
Boston voters with print or visual impairments may now request, receive, and return an accessible electronic absentee ballot.
The City of Boston has implemented an Accessible Electronic Voting System. This system provides Boston voters an accessible electronic absentee ballot system for the upcoming November 2, 2021, Municipal Election.
The Accessible Electronic Remote Voting System is compatible with screen readers. Voters with print disabilities can now participate in vote-by-mail and absentee voting programs privately and independently. The deadline to request an accessible ballot is Wednesday, October 27.
Keep in mind
If you have already applied for an Absentee Ballot, you do not need to fill out an application for a mail-in ballot.In-person voting
Some voters are concerned that mail-in voting will be their only option for voting in the 2021 Preliminary Municipal Election and the Municipal Election. The Boston Election Department would like to reassure voters that in-person voting will remain an option for all 255 precincts.Covid-19 Precautions for In-Person Voting
We are in the process of recruiting about 1,800 poll workers to serve on Election Day. All poll workers are required to attend a 2.5-hour training on election laws and procedures. This year's poll worker training will include COVID-19 protocols on social distancing, sanitizing procedures, and the proper use of personal protective equipment.
For convenience and to reduce crowding, early voting will be available in the City of Boston:
- Municipal Election: Saturday, October 23, through Friday, October 29.