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Boston mayoral election 2017: How to vote in the preliminary and general elections

Deadlines fast approaching


The preliminary 2017 election for Boston mayor is right around the corner—and right around the corner after that is the general election.

Here’s what you need to know to vote in either one.

Am I registered to vote?

You can check the status of your voter registration here.

When do I need to register by?

The preliminary mayoral election is September 26. To vote in that, you must register at least 20 days in advance—which is September 6. The deadline also applies to when you change your address or political party (you need to re-register with your new address).

How to register

You can register to vote online here. Or by mail here. Or in person at Boston’s gorgeous City Hall. Or through the city’s so-called City Hall to Go trucks.

You’ll need a driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Do I have to be affiliated with a political party to vote in the September 26 preliminary election?

No. All Boston elections are officially nonpartisan. The candidates with the two highest vote totals move on to the general election on November 7.

Who’s running for mayor?

Four candidates are on the ballot for the preliminary election: City Councilman Tito Jackson, Joseph Wiley, Robert Cappucci, and incumbent Mayor Marty Walsh.

The top two finishers move on to the general election November 7.

Voter registration guidelines

You can apply to vote in Boston if by the time you vote you’re a U.S. citizen, 18 years old, and not incarcerated because of a felony. (Note: You can pre-register to vote if you’re 16 or 17, but you have to be 18 the day of.)

There is no residency waiting period in Boston, so you can register as soon as you move to the city.