Boston Voters Head To The Polls For Mayoral Election

Photo: James Rojas

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston voters will head to the polls Tuesday to determine, for the first time, which woman of color will be elected as the city's next mayor.

Polling locations opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and will remain open until 8 p.m. Voters who have mail-in ballots but have not mailed them yet can drop off their ballots at ballot drop boxes until 8 p.m. as well.

Both candidates, Councilors Michelle Wu and Anissa Essaibi George spoke with the media after voting this morning. Essaibi George said though she was excited to vote with her family Tuesday morning, there's other things on her mind.

"I'm a little bit more excited to get [the polls] closed tonight and looking forward to a long day of meeting our cities residents, talking to voters, and making sure as I prepare to take leadership of this city that I'm doing it in partnership with the city of Boston's people," Essaibi George said.

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Most polls prior to the election showed Wu with a strong lead over Essaibi George, but she said she isn't too worried about the polling results.

"The most important poll is the poll that we're going to see today from the people of Boston," Essaibi George said.

Wu voted in Roslindale this morning and spoke in a press conference about how she felt excited about election day finally arriving.

"It's quite surreal, we've been on the campaign trail for over a year now," Wu said. "We have a huge opportunity to meet our crises head-on, to bring everyone into the conversation, and we are going to be working for the 11 hours at the polls making sure that everyone comes out to vote."

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) was in Roslindale this morning and spoke with voters who were excited to participate in what they said was a historic election.

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