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星期一, 11月 07, 2016

CITY OF BOSTON ANNOUNCES PREPARATIONS FOR NOVEMBER 8, 2016 GENERAL ELECTION & EARLY VOTING STATISTICS

CITY OF BOSTON ANNOUNCES PREPARATIONS FOR NOVEMBER 8, 2016 GENERAL ELECTION & EARLY VOTING STATISTICS
Highest number of registered Boston voters in over 30 years
BOSTON - Monday, November 7, 2016 - The City of Boston Election Department today released plans for the General Election taking place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The polls in Boston will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Please visit here to check your voter status and your voting location. All absentee ballot applications must be in the possession of the Election Department by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016. Voters planning to vote absentee in person must be in the Election Department by 12:00 p.m. on November 7, 2016.

Voters who requested a ballot by mail must have their marked ballot returned to the Boston Election Department in room 241 either by mail or in person before 8 p.m. on November 8. Ballots that are not in by 8 p.m. will not be counted.

There are currently 415,536 registered voters in Boston, the highest number in the City in over 30 years. Prior to the 2012 presidential election, there were 387,142 voters registered in Boston.

During the Early Voting Period there were 47,909 ballots cast, representing 11.5% of the registered voters in the City of Boston.

Ballots have been printed for more than 100% of Boston's 415,536 registered voters. All polling places will be equipped with an Automark machine, which assists voters with sensory and physical limitations in marking their ballots; this device also provides translation assistance.

The following languages will be available at the polls and through a central translator telephone bank:
  • Spanish
  • Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese dialects)
  • Vietnamese
  • Haitian Creole
  • Cape Verdean Creole
  • Russian
The Boston Election department has recruited and trained more than 1,800 poll workers to staff more than 170 polling locations, covering approximately 255 precincts. From answering calls from residents, to working the polling locations, to counting ballots, poll workers play a vital role in the success of Election Day.

To help boost civic engagement, residents are encouraged to use hashtag#BostonVotes on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, with photos of "I voted" stickers.

Unofficial election results will be posted online at boston.gov after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. Updates on turnout will be provided periodically via Twitter:@BostonElections, and the City of Boston Elections Department's Facebookaccount.

Please use the Election Department's website to receive additional information regarding the election; registered voters are able to use the site to locate polling locations.