Department Announces Start of City’s Annual Door-to-Door Census
The Board of Election Commissioners announces the start of the
door-to-door component of
the 2013 Annual Listing Project. Beginning in February, the Election
Department mailed out
over 300,000 listing forms to individual households in every
neighborhood of the City of
Boston. Residents were given the opportunity to respond by prepaid
mail, telephone or
on-line. Massachusetts General Laws require that every city and town
in the Commonwealth
conduct an Annual Listing each year. The door-to-door effort targets
those residents who
have not yet responded.
The listing officers will be beginning in Ward 12, in Roxbury and
work their way through
Dorchester to Ward 17. When this large portion of the City is
completed, the teams will
then move on to other neighborhoods.
Information compiled from the Listing is used to maintain the
integrity of the voting list.
Failure to respond to the listing can result in a voter’s status
being designated as
“inactive”, which can result in delays the next time the voter goes
to the polls. It also
will provide an accurate listing to the Office of the Jury
Door-to-Door listing officers will be wearing Photo Identification
Badges issued by the
City of Boston as well as orange mesh vests indicating that they are
working for the
Election Department. The listing officers work in teams and Boston
Police as well as other
agencies and officials will be notified when the team will be
working in their area.
Listing Officers are NOT collecting any money, signing residents up
for any services, or
collecting Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.
Residents can still complete their Annual Listing by phone Monday
through Friday, from 8:15
a.m. to 4:45 p.m. by calling 617-635-3767. Those who wish to use the
on-line Listing Form
should go to www.cityofoboston.gov/elections and click on the link. Please note if you
use the on-line method, you must complete a form for each member of
the household who is 17
years of age or older.
Residents with questions or concerns regarding the listing may call
617-635-4634 or visit
the Election Department website. Updates will also be posted on our
Facebook Page at
facebook/BostonElections as well
as on Twitter @BostonElections.