Early voting available for 2018 state election

Voters registered in Boston will be able to vote early in this year’s election beginning on Monday Oct. 22 and running through Friday, Nov. 2, according to a press release. Jamaica Plain residents will be able to cast their ballots for the Nov. 6 State Election in the gymnasium at Margarita Muniz Academy at 20 Child St. on Oct. 25 from 12pm-8pm.

“Ensuring all Boston voters are able to vote conveniently, and on their own schedule, is paramount to ensuring voter turnout,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, according to the press release. “Voting is core to our democracy, and I encourage Boston voters to take advantage of all the resources the City provides for elections.”

City Hall will be the main location for Early Voting, and will be open for voting Monday through Friday during normal business hours, 9am to 5pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays in that two week period, City Hall will be open for voting until 8pm.

Early Voting “pop-up” polling locations will also be available throughout the city on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the early voting period, and will be open from 12pm to 8pm.

There will also be a full weekend of early voting on Sat. Oct. 27 and Sun. Oct. 28, when nine voting locations will be open on both days from 10am to 6pm.

“I would like to commend the staff of the Election Department for doing an excellent job developing this schedule, and to Mayor Walsh for providing the resources to make voting more accessible to all,” said Karen Chen, Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association, according to the press release.

Unlike absentee voting, no explanation is necessary to vote early. Any Boston resident who wishes to vote early may do so.

There are voting locations in nearby neighborhoods such as Hyde Park, Dorchester, and West Roxbury. For more information about early voting, visit bit.ly/2uy2PhZ.

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