Update on the 2021 Boston municipal elections

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The most recent news and information covered the general election in Boston, from the mayoral race between Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George to city council contests and electoral matters.

Annissa Essaibi George, left, and Michelle Wu. To file

Over 105,000 ballots cast in Boston at 6 p.m. (7:30 p.m.)

Two hours before the Boston polls closed, 105,629 ballots had been cast by 6 p.m., municipal election officials said.

This number equates to approximately 23.9% voter turnout.

Officials also reminded voters that even though the unofficial election results will be released after 8 p.m., the initial results will not include centralized city hall ballots or on-time ballots but too late to be counted at polling stations.

“Because the electoral officers need time to count the results of the elections and to transport the material from the polling stations to the town hall, the counting of the ballots submitted on time to the electoral service, but too late to be sent at polling stations, may not start until after 10 p.m. Officials said in a statement Monday. “These ballots will be counted by constituency and the results will be updated periodically on the city’s website, as constituencies are completed.”

Annissa Essaibi George says she got a good luck message from Marty Walsh (6:14 p.m.)

Labor Secretary and former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has remained out of the race to become the next person elected to mayoralty. However, he apparently quietly wished at least one candidate the best of luck.

Annissa Essaibi George told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that she received a good luck text from Walsh on Monday. Essabi George’s comments came during a campaign stoppage to accompany his mother and the former mother of former mayor, Mary Walsh, to vote in Dorchester.

A spokeswoman for Michelle Wu said on Tuesday that she was unsure whether the candidate received a similar good luck message.

Wu was one of Walsh’s most frequent critics on city council and kicked off his campaign last fall as the then mayor was still considering running for a third term. Meanwhile, Essaibi George, a native of Dorchester and ideological ally of Walsh, said she wouldn’t have run if Walsh had called for re-election.

Walsh’s office cited laws that restrict federal employees from engaging in political activities. And during a Monday visit to Rhode Island, he again refused to reveal who he was voting for.

“I look forward to supporting whoever wins,” Walsh said, according to the Boston Business Journal. “Whoever wins will be my mayor.”

However, her mother has been less secretive. According to WCVB, she even had an Essaibi George lawn sign ahead of the September preliminary elections. Essaibi Geroge also posted a photo with her mother, Barbara, and Mary Walsh of their appearance on Tuesday.

“Two ladies that I’m lucky to have in my corner!” she wrote.

Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George – almost – crossed paths on Election Day at a famous local pizzeria (5:12 p.m.)

It’s kind of a tradition for politicians in East Boston to host an Election Day lunch at the famous Santarpio pizzeria. And on Tuesday, that almost culminated in the meeting of the two Boston mayoral candidates.

In the middle of a busy day in the countryside, Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George almost met Tuesday afternoon outside the longtime East Boston restaurant, where they both made brief stops. According to journalists at the scene, Essaibi George was waiting in a car while Wu, who arrived first, left the restaurant.

The packed lunch also included Governor Charlie Baker, Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, State Representative Adrian Madaro and many other local politicians.

And in case you were wondering, both contestants scored acclaimed Santarpios pizzas during their visit. Essaibi George had a few slices of cheese at the restaurant, according to his campaign, while Wu took his pizza to go.

“Pizza, sausages and hot peppers for the road”, she tweeted after leaving the restaurant.

Here is where Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George organize their election nights (3:17 p.m.)

Voters are still voting in Boston’s historic mayoral race, and on Tuesday evening, candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George will meet with their respective supporters to await the results after the polls close at 8 p.m.

The doors will open for Essaibi George election night at 7 p.m. The event will take place at the Copley Fairmont Plaza in Back Bay, depending on the candidate’s campaign.

Meanwhile, Wu will join his supporters at 8 p.m. at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End, according to the State House News Service.

56,347 votes were counted in Boston at noon (1:39 p.m.)

Boston’s Election Department said 56,347 votes had been counted in the city by noon on polling day. The number of ballots counted so far indicates a turnout of 12.75 percent, according to the city.

Boston’s Election Department says 20,662 votes were counted in the city as of 9 a.m. (10:42 a.m.)

The unofficial election results will be released after the polls close at 8 p.m. locations around town.

Vote by mail, the ballots will be counted until 8 p.m. (10:09 a.m.)

Mail-in ballots can be returned by hand at Boston City Hall or at a ballot box located across town until 8 p.m., the Boston Election Service said in a statement. Tweeter.

Voting in person will also remain an option, for those who can make it to the polls today. Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

Find your polling station here.

Michelle Wu voted in Roslindale, while Annissa Essaibi George voted in Dorchester (9:09 am)

Polling Stations Open in Boston for Voters to Vote in Historic Mayoral Race (8:15 a.m.)

Boston polling stations opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday in what will be a historic event for the city, with the election of the first woman – Michelle Wu or Annissa Essaibi George – as mayor.

Despite the historic nature of the race, Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin said Monday he did not expect a massive participation from the city. He said he expects around 135,000 voters to vote in the city, an overall turnout of around 30 percent, which is slightly lower than in the 2013 municipal elections.

Galvin said that as of Monday, more than 38,000 people had sent out a mail-in ballot, out of an estimated 53,000 people who had requested one.

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