Early Voting for Massachusetts Primary Kicks off in Boston

The City of Boston Election Department kicked off ‘Early Voting’ in Boston for the Massachusetts Primary over the weekend at several polling locations. 

In Jamaica Plain, voters will head to the polls on Sept. 1 during the state primary and cast ballots for Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress, Governor’s Councillors, Senator in General Court, Representative in General Court, and Register of Probate.

However, voters were able to cast early ballots at several sites across the city on Saturday and Sunday and hundreds of registered voters did so over the weekend.

Jamaica Plain voters can continue to vote early through Friday, Aug. 28 at Boston City Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday.

In Jamaica Plain, voters will make their choice for Massachusetts U.S. Senate between incumbent U.S. Senator Ed Markey or Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. Republican Shiva Ayyadurai is running against Kevin O’Connor on the Repulican side and the primary winner will face either Markey or Kennedy in the General Election.

Incumbent U.S. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is running unopposed for the 7th Congressional District as is State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz in the Massachusetts 2nd Suffolk District and State Rep. Elizabeth Malia in the Massachusetts 11th Suffolk District

Incumbent Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix Arroyo will square off against Kerby Roberson in the state primary.

Incumbent Christopher Iannella will run unopposed for the Massachusetts Governor’s Council seat in District 4.

Due to COVID-19, health and safety protocols during the early voting period and on Election Day will be implemented at polling locations. 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.

Ballots will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. Language assistance will be available on Election Day by translators at polling locations or by contacting the Election Department’s translation phone bank. 

For more information on how to participate in this year’s elections, please visit boston.gov/election.

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