City announces Sep. 1 election preparations, early voting sites

The City of Boston Election Department announced today its preparations ahead of the September 1, 2020 State Primary, which will include races for US Senate, US House of Representatives, Governor's Council, State Senate, State Representative, and Register of Probate.

Early voting will be available in the days ahead of the election, from Saturday, August 22 through Friday, August 28, 2020. Local early voting sites are as follows:

- Richard J. Murphy School Cafeteria, 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 will be an early voting site on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

- BCYF Perkins Community Center/Lee School Gymnasium, 155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124 will be an early voting site on Thursday, August 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

- Mildred Avenue School Gymnasium, 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126 will be an early voting site on Thursday, August 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Boston City Hall will also serve as an early voting site on Monday, August 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, August 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Friday, August 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. is the last day to register to vote and Wednesday, August 26 is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

Due to COVID-19, the Election Department will implement health and safety protocols during the early voting period and on Election Day. 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.

Individuals can register to vote either in person at the Election Department in City Hall in room 241, by mail, online or through the Registry of Motor Vehicles by August 22, 2020 at 8:00 p.m to vote in the primary election. To be eligible to vote, an individual must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen.