By Aliza Wasserman and Zehra Husain

Tomorrow, November 6, is Election Day for important local, state, and national offices. We encourage everyone to make sure you have a plan to vote. Polls in Boston are open from 7 AM-8 PM.

Boston has 387,130 registered voters for the upcoming election. As you prepare to join them in casting your vote, keep in mind that voting affects the health outcomes of yourself, your family, and your community. The Boston Public Health Commission is dedicated to supporting the involvement of all Boston residents shaping policies that affect their lives.

How does voting affect health?

  • Voting is the best way to make sure that our elected leaders will make good decisions about public health programs, MassHealth, and access to healthcare, as well as funding for programs and services in cities like Boston.
  • Your vote sends a message to the government that your health is important to you. You have the choice to elect people who will work in your best interest
  • Decisions made by government leaders directly affect your health. Make sure your voice is heard and that your elected officials know what changes you want to see.

Helpful hints for voters:

  • If you need assistance using the voting machine, you can request a polling attendant for additional instructions. If you have difficulty understanding or reading English or can’t leave your kids outside the voting booth, you can bring someone into the voting booth with you.  Just make sure you ask the polling attendant before doing so.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can have up to three additional ballots to correctly cast your vote.
  • If your name is not on the voter list but you believe you are registered to vote, you can vote on a provisional ballot. You must have valid ID showing you live in the correct precinct for the poll location you are voting for.
  • If you are on parole, probation, or have a CORI, you are eligible to vote as long as you re-registered after your release.
  • To find your polling place, visit www.wheredoivotema.com

If you don’t know where you are registered to vote, click here if you live in Boston: http://www.cityofboston.gov/elections/voter/

Aliza is a policy analyst and Zehra is an intern in our Office of Intergovernmental Relations and Public Health Advocacy and Office of Policy and Planning.

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