City and Boston public schools officials will join together on National Voter Registration Day Tuesday to host free activities encouraging Bostonians to register to vote before the registration deadline next month.
Residents are encouraged to register or update their information by Oct. 14 for the Nov. 3 municipal election, a statement from the Office of the Mayor said. The nonpartisan events aim to publicize recent changes to Massachusetts elections laws and encourage new voters to register.
“It is important that residents exercise their right to vote,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in the statement. “We live in a democracy and that is what makes our country great. In Boston, many of our residents are engaged in this civic process, but we want them to take it a step further by helping a friend register or teaching a young person how critical it is to let their voices be heard.”
A Vote-A-Palooza civic fair will be held at City Hall Plaza starting at 11 a.m. to promote changes in regulations and registration opportunities.
Anyone not registered to vote can register at the City Hall Election’s Department during Vote-A-Palooza, where Elections Commission staff will be available to answer questions. Those who do not want to enroll in a particular political party or who want to register as independent should select “No Party Unenrolled” when they register, the statement said.
Another event will be hosted at 3 p.m. at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School by the City of Boston Elections Department and the Mayor’s Civic Engagement Cabinet, the statement said.
The activity will take place at dismissal of school. High school seniors will be visited by the City Hall To Go truck and a Lady Liberty mascot to learn more about voter registration.
“This partnership with the City’s Election Department and the Office of Civic Engagement is a great opportunity to connect with our students and reinforce some of the lessons they have learned in school,” Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang said in the statement, “that civic engagement and voter participation are rights that Americans have fought for and are essential to a thriving democracy.”
Further information about voter registration can be found online at cityofboston.gov/electionsSarah Roberts can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @heysarahroberts