The Town of Brookline announces that the Town Clerk has installed new ballot drop boxes in various locations around Brookline for voters to return mailed ballots during the 2024 election cycle.
The boxes are located in front of the Coolidge Corner Library, Putterham Library and Town Hall. The boxes can be used during all four of Brookline’s elections in 2024: the Presidential Primary on March 05, 2024, the Annual Town Election on May 07, 2024, the State Primary on September 03, 2024, and the Presidential Election on November 05, 2024.
“We want to meet voters where they are and allow them to participate in our elections from their neighborhoods,” said Town Clerk Ben Kaufman. “These drop boxes are another way to increase voter access to our elections, and help voters make their voices heard in our democracy.”
The boxes will be checked by Town Clerk employees throughout the election season, including on Election Day. Voters who deposit their ballots in the boxes bypass any potential mailing delays and ensure their ballots are received by the Town Clerk in time to be counted.
The boxes are part of a larger effort to expand voter access in Brookline. State legislation passed in 2022 allows all voters to request a vote-by-mail ballot. The legislation also required early voting in all State and Federal elections and allowed early voting in Municipal elections.
The Town Clerk plans to continue to expand early voting locations in 2024, including locations beyond Town Hall.
“Whether you are voting by mail, voting early, or voting on Election Day, make sure you have a plan to vote in 2024,” said Town Clerk Kaufman. “It is your civic duty to vote.”