City of Boston issues reminders ahead of 2022 state election

The City of Boston Elections Department reminds voters that the next state election will be Tuesday, November 8, 2022. City polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

The city previously announced the addition of 20 new electoral precincts, following Boston’s Electoral District Adjustment Plan completed in October 2021, which aimed to increase voting accessibility by distributing voters evenly across precincts. . The number of electoral districts has now increased from 255 to 275. As a result, the City of Boston is advising voters that they may experience a change in electoral district and polling location. Voters can find their polling place here.

The Elections Department carried out outreach activities to ensure that residents were aware of any changes in voting locations ahead of the elections. Voters can also check their registration status through the Commonwealth Secretary’s website to find their place to vote on Election Day.

General informations

Unofficial results

After the polls close at 8 p.m., the Department of Elections will receive and upload the unofficial results of ballots counted at the polls as they are returned from each precinct.

The first results posted on the website on election night will include:

  • Ballots cast in person on election day;
  • Early voting and absentee ballots, including those from precincts that are tabulated centrally at City Hall’s central tabulating facility. More information about center tabulation can be found here.

Unofficial results uploaded to on election night will not include the following ballot groups:

  • Mail-in and mail-in ballots that arrive on time on election day but are received too late to be sent to polling stations to be counted;
  • Ballots collected from ballot boxes at 8:00 p.m. on election night;
  • Ballots that are postmarked no later than November 8, 2022 and arrive at City Hall no later than 5:00 p.m. November 12, 2022 for domestic mail;
  • Ballots that are postmarked no later than November 8, 2022 and arrive at City Hall no later than November 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. for international mail.

Mail-in or mail-in ballots that arrive on time at the Elections Department, but are received too late to be sent to the polls, will be counted at City Hall on a date to be determined by the council. election commissioners in a public meeting which will be made public after November 18, 2022 and will be completed by November 23, 2022, when the election results must be certified.

For this election, residents will see a new mobile-friendly and more interactive Unofficial Results page.

Ballot drop boxes

Voters who have requested an absentee or absentee ballot are encouraged to return their ballots early to ensure they are counted. Voters can cast their absentee ballot at any of the 21 ballot boxes the Elections Department has placed around the city, including at the first and third floor entrances of Boston City Hall. All drop boxes are monitored by video surveillance 24 hours a day. To find a location for the ballot boxes, go here. Voters can track their vote on the state’s website.

Ballots cannot be delivered to a polling station on election day.

Voters can deposit their ballots in a drop box until 8 p.m. on November 8, 2022. Ballots returned by U.S. mail and postmarked by November 8, 2022 must be received by the Elections Department no later than November 12, 2022.

On the ballot

The November 8, 2022 state election will include candidates for the following positions in addition to four statewide voting questions: Congressman, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, state treasurer, state auditor, governor’s council, state senator. , State Representative, District Attorney and Sheriff.

Vote on election day

State election polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Ballots will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. Linguistic assistance will be available on polling day by interpreters at the polling stations or by contacting the telephone bank of interpreters of the electoral service. Those interested in volunteering can apply here to become a poll worker.

For more information on how to participate in this year’s election, please visit

Media guidelines

where to stand

Like all observers, members of the press should stay behind the railing. While many polling stations are not equipped with a physical guardrail, the area inside the “guardrail” encompasses the registration table, voting booths and ballot box. Only poll workers and voters should be in this area.

Interact with electors and poll workers

Members of the press, like all other observers in the polling station, cannot interact with voters while they are in the polling station. Observers who have questions about where they should stand and what they are allowed to do while observing should ask to speak to the polling officer. The Director will provide members of the press with information regarding their rights as observers.


Photography of the voting process in the polling station is permitted, although marked ballots cannot be photographed. Photographers are permitted inside the polling station to photograph the area from outside the guardrail.

Video and audio recording

Video recording of the polling place is permitted. Audio recording of the polling place is not permitted by state law. Anyone recording at the polling place should have the ability to record without picking up the audio. Those using electronic equipment cannot use polling place electricity to power their equipment.

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