Election 2020: Boston Voter Guide

Mike Carraggi
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BOSTON — Voters in Boston will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the 2020 general election.

In addition to the presidential and congressional races, there are several key races at the state and local level, as well as two ballot questions. Voting will be different this year thanks to rules approved to expand early and mail-in voting in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

You can check your voting status on the Secretary of State's website, where you can also find your polling place.

There are several ways residents can vote:

Mail-In Voting

Ballots can be returned by mail, emailed, faxed or returned by hand. They can also be returned at the drop boxes located:

  • Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston (City Hall Plaza entrance, third floor)

  • Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston (Congress Street entrance, first floor)

  • East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, 365 Bremen St, East Boston

  • Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library, 179 Main St, Charlestown

  • South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, 646 East Broadway, South Boston

  • Central Library of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

  • Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library, 300 North Harvard St, Allston

  • Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library, 40 Academy Hill Rd, Brighton

  • Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library, 149 Dudley Street, Roxbury

  • Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester

  • Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain

  • Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan

  • West Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1961 Centre St, West Roxbury

  • Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library, 35 Harvard Ave, Hyde Park

  • Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1497 Tremont St, Roxbury

  • BCYF Menino, 125 Brookway Rd, Roslindale

  • Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library, 41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester

Mail-in ballots need to be postmarked by Nov. 3 and returned to the local election office no later than Nov. 6.

Voting on Election Day

Polls in Massachusetts are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also use the Secretary of State’s website to find your polling place.

Here are the polling locations in Boston:

For questions about voting in Boston, go here, call 617-635-8683 or visit 1 City Hall Square, Room 241.

Key Races

The following are the key contested races that will be on the ballot for Boston voters:

President/Vice President

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris (Democrat)

Donald Trump/Mike Pence (Republican) - Incumbent

Howie Hawkins/Angela Nicole Walker (Green)

Jo Jorgensen/Spike Cohen (Libertarian)

Congress

U.S. House District 7

Ayanna Pressely (Democrat) - Incumbent

Roy Owens (Independent)

U.S. Senate

Edward Markey (Democrat) - Incumbent

Kevin O'Connor (Republican)

Ballot Questions

Question 1: "Right To Repair" Vehicle Access Requirement Initiative

Yes: A yes vote would require carmakers to expand access to mechanical data for all cars sold in Massachusetts beginning with model year 2022.

No: A no vote leaves the 2013 right-to-repair law unchanged.

Question 2: Ranked-Choice Voting Initiative

Yes: A yes vote favors adopting a system gives voters the option of ranking candidates on their ballot in order of preference, as opposed to selecting just one. And if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of first-choice votes, the candidate with the least first-choice votes is eliminated, and the voters who preferred that candidate have their votes reallocated based on their second choices. Then the ballots are recounted and the process is repeated until one candidate breaks the 50 percent threshold.

No: A no vote keeps the current system in place.

Massachusetts House of Representatives 9th Suffolk District

Joe Santiago (Democrat) - Incumbent

Massachusetts State Senate 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex District

William Brownsberger (Democrat) - Incumbent

Massachusetts Governor’s Council District 3

Marilyn Petitto Devaney (Democrat) - Incumbent

Suffolk County Register of Probate

Felix Arroyo (Democrat) - Incumbent

Althea Garrison (Independent)

Melissa Tyler (Independent)

This article originally appeared on the Boston Patch