With the various issues caused by the COVID-19 as well as the disruption of the Post Office and the role that plays in the overall process, many are concerned with finding the proper methods of ensuring their votes are heard. This is causing many people to take the time to research the new restrictions with regard to voting, and how these things may play a role in their ability to vote in the upcoming election. Especially considering the fact that the political realm is presently polarized on unprecedented levels, many people are more concerned than ever about the process of voting in general. With that in mind, the following is an overview of some key things to remember if you are voting in Boston.
Early Voting in Person
If you plan to vote early in Boston, the first thing you need to do is make sure you are registered in the city of Boston. Once you have taken this step, you can vote at any early registration voting place in the city. However, keep in mind that unlike traditional voting, you do not vote at your assigned voting place when you vote early. Rather, you must find the nearest or most convenient early voting location and vote there.
Voting by Mail
As long as you are a registered voter, you can also opt to vote by mail. In order to vote by mail, you must either use the "Vote by Mail" application you were sent or download the "Vote by Mail" application and deliver it to your local election office. From there, you simply keep an eye on your mailbox for your mail-in ballot. Lastly, you check off the appropriate selection based on the directions and mail it back in. Applications must be returned by August 26 for the primary and October 28 for the state election.
Voting in-Person on Voting Day
Provided that you are registered, you can vote in-person on voting day by simply need to take a moment to search for your designated location and vote during the specified hours (between 7 am-8 pm). Keep in mind, there may be social distancing standards and/or mask mandates, depending on the location.
Overall, not much has changed in terms of the voting process in general. Nevertheless, if you are concerned about voting, take action now to ensure you have all the information necessary to make sure your vote gets counted!