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Everything you need to know for voting this election year!

We will be having state elections this fall and you can find some important details and deadlines below. If you would like to either register to vote in Massachusetts, or update your voter registration information, you can visit the Secretary of State’s website. You can also visit their website to register online to vote in-person, or to vote-by-mail. For Malden residents, you can also choose to visit the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall in-person:


In-Person *You will need a Massachusetts RMV issued ID


215 Pleasant St, 2nd Floor,

Malden, MA 02148

In order to vote in the State Primary and/or General Election, you must register before the below deadlines for mail-in and in-person voting:

State Primary | September 6, 7AM to 8PM

Registration Deadline: August 27, 5PM

Vote-by-Mail Request Deadline: August 29, 5PM

Mail-in Ballot Deadline: Delivered to City Clerk by September 6, 8PM

General Election | November 8, 7AM to 8PM

Registration Deadline: October 29, 5PM

Vote-by-Mail Request Deadline: November 1, 5PM

Mail-in Ballot Deadline: Delivered to City Clerk by November 11, 5PM





亲自 *必须持有有效麻州身份证或行车证


215 Pleasant St, 2nd Floor,

Malden, MA 02148

州初选日 | 9月6日, 早上7点至晚上8点

登记投票截止时间: 8月27日,下午5点

登记邮寄投票截止时间: 8月29日, 下午5点

邮寄选票最迟的返还时间: 9月6日晚上8点前到达市书记处(可亲自带到或邮寄)

州选举日 | 11月 8日, 早上7点至晚上8点

登记投票截止时间: 10月29日,下午5点

登记邮寄投票截止时间: 11月1日, 下午5点

邮寄选票最迟的返还时间: 11月11日晚上8点前到达市书记处 (可亲自带到或邮寄)

Today the MBTA announced its plans to accelerate major track and maintenance work on the Orange Line during a 30-day shutdown of the entire line beginning at approximately 9 PM on August 19 through September 18 with service resuming on Monday, September 19, to improve service, safety, and reliability on a faster timeline.

The major revitalization work to take place on the Orange Line during this 30-day shutdown will deliver a number of projects over five years faster than originally planned, and will result in track replacement, upgraded signal systems, and station improvements. The MBTA will also be able to accomplish required track maintenance associated with Federal Transit Association (FTA) directives as quickly as possible.

Major revitalization work will take place along the entirety of the Orange Line over 30 days from approximately 9 PM on August 19 through September 18.

“This closure will allow departments across the Authority to make substantial improvements across the Orange Line,” said Secretary of Transportation Jamey Tesler. “Not only will improvements made benefit Orange Line riders, but they will allow for an overall rehabilitated system that is safe and efficient for employees and neighboring communities.”

“We’ve listened to our riders, and we hear them loud and clear – bold action needs to happen in order to improve the MBTA at the pace that riders deserve. This 30-day surge will allow the MBTA to accomplish major and expansive progress on a number of priorities at the same time,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “Thirty days of 24-hour access to the Orange Line replaces over five years of weekend diversions needed to address delays and slow zones. We can eliminate slow zones, prevent unplanned service disruptions, and increase the reliability of our service. Perhaps most importantly, we will provide the quality of safety and service that our riders deserve.”

“The MBTA’s Capital Transformation program has used the surge approach successfully to make significant improvements across the Green Line over the last two years,” said MBTA Chief of Capital Transformation Angel Peña. “We are applying this experience and lessons learned as we transform the Orange Line. This surge will ensure rider safety with a continued focus on the quality of our employees and the service we offer.”

Maximizing the amount of work able to be accomplished, this shutdown will progress a number of projects and maintenance along the entire Orange Line on an accelerated timeline, which will improve service, safety, and reliability for riders, including:

  • The replacement of over 3,500 feet of 38-year-old Orange Line track and tie replacement work that will allow for the removal of speed restrictions, improving travel time for Orange Line riders.

  • The replacement of two crossovers that facilitate the movement of Orange Line trains, allowing for improved reliability and future capacity improvements;

  • Track repair, tie replacement, concrete work, and more along the Southwest Corridor of the Orange Line, which will improve reliability; and

  • The installation of upgraded signals and associated systems at Oak Grove and Malden stations, allowing for improved safety and reliability.

The Orange Line provides approximately 101,000 trips each day with ridership approximately 49% of what it was prior to the pandemic.

To keep riders updated about this upcoming Orange Line work, the MBTA has created a specially designated webpage available at

The plan to shut down the entire Orange Line during this 30-day time period will provide work crews with unencumbered access to the entirety of the Orange Line’s 20 stations, over 121,000 feet of track, and infrastructure, allowing a substantial amount of work to be accomplished. Following these 30 days, riders will experience faster trips and better service on an Orange Line fleet that is predominantly new cars.

The MBTA encourages the public to consider their alternative travel options, including those listed below.

Alternative Travel Options for Orange Line Riders:

  • Enhanced Commuter Rail Options: Orange Line riders who must commute downtown are strongly encouraged to use the Commuter Rail as an alternative as the MBTA is making a series of changes in service to accommodate the change in travel patterns:

1. All Zone 1A, 1, and 2 fares can be paid simply by showing a CharlieCard or CharlieTickets on ALL Commuter Rail lines. Since many Orange Line riders drive to or transfer between buses and the Orange Line, the MBTA is making it easy to access the Commuter Rail before riders get to the Orange Line by allowing all riders to utilize Commuter Rail stations in Zones 1A, 1, and 2 by showing their CharlieCard or CharlieTicket to a conductor.

2. During these 30 days, most passing south-side Needham and Providence Line Commuter Rail trains will stop at Forest Hills, Ruggles, Back Bay, and South Station. On the north-side, Haverhill Line Commuter Rail trains will stop at Oak Grove, Malden Center, and North Station. During these 30 days, riders can show their CharlieCard or CharlieTicket to the conductor to access the Commuter Rail. Riders should review the latest Commuter Rail schedule changes as a result of adding these stops, which will be available soon.

  • Seek existing MBTA bus and subway alternatives. Riders can use other existing MBTA bus and subway services to complete their trips.

  • Consider working from home. During this 30-day shutdown, Orange Line riders who are able to work from home are strongly encouraged to do so. The MBTA encourages employers with hybrid work policies to allow employees to work from home as much as possible.

  • Alternative shuttle bus service will be provided. Earlier today, the MBTA Board of Directors approved an approximately $37 million contract for shuttle bus service to Yankee Line, Inc. Alternative shuttle bus service will also be provided by MBTA buses. Shuttle bus service will operate in both directions, connecting Oak Grove and Forest Hills stations to downtown Boston. Riders should expect that this alternative shuttle bus service will take longer and be less reliable than regular Orange Line train service. The MBTA is currently discussing options with the City of Boston for how to best service the downtown area and will provide updated information soon. This service will be at no cost to riders and fully accessible.

  • Parking: The MBTA will continue to charge for parking at MBTA lots and facilities at Orange Line stations, and will communicate lost-parking impacts related to staged shuttle buses in advance if necessary.

The MBTA is committed to providing as much information as possible before, during, and after this major and accelerated work to take place on the Orange Line. Ongoing and transparent outreach to riders, communities, and stakeholders will continue to take place through all available communication channels, including in-station signage, social media,, and more. During these 30 days, extra MBTA personnel and Transit Ambassadors will also be on hand to assist riders.

Upcoming Work This Fall:

The MBTA also plans a number of upgrades and maintenance construction work to take place on additional lines this fall 2022. Key highlights include:

  • On the Green Line:

  • Track upgrades and Green Line Train Protection System (GLTPS): The MBTA continues to perform track upgrades and GLTPS work on the Green Line. GLTPS combines vehicle and wayside equipment to avoid train-on-train collisions, adds red-light signal protection, and incorporates speed enforcement. Much of the Green Line track is over 30 years old and ready to be replaced. Replacing this track improves safety, reliability, and provides smoother trips for riders.

The MBTA continues to perform track upgrades and GLTPS work on the Green Line.

Track and train protection work was already successfully completed on the B and C Branches of the Green Line earlier this summer. Track and GLTPS work on the E Branch will take place from August 6 through August 21 and on the D Branch from September 24 through October 30. This work allows for the accelerated completion of both GLTPS installation and track renewal. New Green Line tracks, ties, and ballast also reduce the risk of high-impact events such as derailments and increase the overall safety and reliability of each branch.

  • On the Red Line:

  • Alewife Crossover Improvements: Later in 2022, the MBTA will reconstruct the track crossing between Alewife and Davis stations on the Red Line to allow for an increase in operating speeds. By increasing the speed, the new crossover will help modernize the Red Line, reducing travel times and improving reliability.

The MBTA is reconstructing the track crossing between Alewife and Davis stations on the Red Line to allow for an increase in operating speeds.

  • Dorchester Avenue Bridge Replacement: Located between Von Hillern and Kemp Streets, the steel Dorchester Avenue Bridge carries motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists over tracks for the Red Line, the Commuter Rail Old Colony Lines, and Cabot Yard maintenance tracks. Originally built in 1925 and last rehabilitated in 1975, the bridge is ready to be replaced in order to protect its structural integrity and ensure reliable service. Work that took place this summer and continuing this year includes fully preparing the site for next summer 2023 when the current bridge is demolished and completely replaced. The project will also replace the Red Line tunnel roof. Improvements to the Red Line tunnel that are included as part of the bridge replacement will result in safer, more resilient, more reliable service on the Red Line and reduced future maintenance costs and service impacts.

  • On the Commuter Rail:

  • Automatic Train Control (ATC) on the Newburyport/Rockport and Fitchburg Lines: The MBTA is upgrading the signal system to add ATC as part of Positive Train Control (PTC), a federally required safety control system that monitors a train’s location, direction, and speed in real time and reduces speed when needed. Phase I of the PTC Program was completed in 2020. Phase II includes the implementation of ATC. Through the use of signal indications within the train cab in addition to using physical signal lights along the tracks, the ATC system alerts the train engineer of potentially unsafe conditions. If the crew does not respond to the ATC alert, the system will automatically slow or stop the train.

The MBTA is upgrading the signal system to add ATC as part of PTC.

ATC was successfully completed on time in 2020 for Commuter Rail lines operating out of South Station. ATC is now currently underway for all Commuter Rail lines operating out of North Station with work taking place this summer and fall on the Newburyport/Rockport and Fitchburg lines. Riders should visit for the latest service updates, impacts, schedules, and service alternatives.

  • Gloucester Drawbridge, Commercial Street Bridge, East Cottage Bridge, and Norfolk Avenue Bridge Replacements:

  • The Gloucester Drawbridge, which carries the Rockport Line over the Annisquam River, is being replaced. The current bridge was built in 1911, reconstructed in 1932, and updated in 1984. The MBTA suspended service across the bridge in April 2020, though single-track commuter rail service to Gloucester and Rockport stations resumed on May 23, 2022.

  • The Commercial Street Bridge carries the Newburyport/Rockport Line over Commercial Street in Lynn between River Works and Lynn Station. The steel bridge, which was built in 1913, is nearing the end of its useful life and will be replaced to meet the MBTA’s reliability and modernization needs. The new bridge will have a projected service life of 75 years.

  • The East Cottage Street and Norfolk Avenue bridges, between Uphams Corner and Newmarket stations, carry the Fairmount Line through Roxbury and Dorchester. The MBTA is replacing the bridges, both built in 1906, with updated steel infrastructures to improve safety and reliability.

The work that has taken place and will continue this fall to replace these bridges will allow for the delivery of increased reliability of service, eliminate speed restrictions, bring the bridges into a State of Good Repair, and reduce maintenance costs and service impacts.

  • North Station Signals Replacement: The MBTA continues work this fall to replace the obsolete signal system that controls the movement of MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak trains in and out of North Station. The new signals will improve efficiency and safety and will support the future growth of the MBTA and Amtrak.

  • On the Silver Line:

  • Courthouse Station Leak Mitigation: Work taking place this fall regarding the ongoing mitigation of groundwater infiltration into the existing station will protect existing infrastructure from deterioration and result in a more reliable and safer Silver Line service.

  • New Courthouse Station Headhouse: The new Courthouse Station Northeast Headhouse, which will continue to be worked on this fall, is a partnership between the Commonwealth, WS Development, and the MBTA to add a new fully accessible, and flood-resilient entrance to Courthouse Station in the Seaport District.

Additional Progress:

  • Hiring Efforts:

Five candidates are completing their 10-week training program now (four started July 11 and the fifth started on July 25). Prior to the MBTA’s hiring blitz, another dispatcher candidate began their training last May who is awaiting completion of the program.

The MBTA continues to aggressively attract, promote, and hire in a number of key areas, including and especially heavy rail dispatchers within the Operations Control Center (OCC), which is unique in that it requires that applicants already work within subway operations so that their service as a dispatcher can benefit from their working knowledge of the system.

The MBTA implemented a number of hiring initiatives specifically aimed at generating interest among Operations staff in applying for the dispatcher position and attracting interested prospective applicants, including the authorization of a $10,000 sign-on bonus, the expansion of the MBTA’s pool of eligible internal candidates to include light rail dispatchers, and an immediate hiring blitz that began at the end of last month along with a targeted hiring marketing campaign.

  • Safety Work Progress:

The MBTA continues to make progress on addressing ongoing safety concerns raised during the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Safety Management Inspection (SMI).

The MBTA has met all the FTA’s deadlines and requirements to date in response to the four special directives issued and continues to develop Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) to address them. As part of these CAPs, the MBTA has taken the following actions to date:

  • Issued a new series of safety directives, trainings, and polices for operators regarding train movements in rail yard facilities and car houses.

  • Ensured all active rail transit employees are safety-certified. The MBTA is developing an improved internal tracking system and policies for ensuring re-certifications are up to date.

  • Prioritized track projects that address track conditions in need of most repair and that currently have substantial speed restrictions.

  • Updating procedures for accessing track areas to safely increase the time crews have to perform work on the tracks during the overnight hours when subway service does not operate in order to make the Orange line, Blue line, Green line, and Red line safer.

  • Launched an aggressive hiring campaign to attract qualified candidates as drivers, dispatchers, and inspectors to improve safety and rider experiences, and updated work rules to allow for more manageable shifts and necessary rest time.

The MBTA also has ongoing initiatives underway as part of these CAPs, including:

o Exploring ways to accelerate the maintenance of its existing rail construction equipment.

o Developing a PPE compliance checking program.

o Increasing staffing at rail yards.

o Developing a pilot program for Blue Flag procedures on rapid transit. A codified standard in railroad operations, Blue Flag procedures are clearly distinguishable blue flags/lights by day and blue lights by night that indicate workers are on, under, or between rolling cars or equipment. The purpose of the Blue Flag procedure is to protect workers from the movement of rolling equipment.

Malden legislators voted to pass comprehensive legislation aimed to expand protections for reproductive and gender-affirming health care in Massachusetts

BOSTON – Friday, July 29, 2022 – This Tuesday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed H.4954, An Act expanding protections for reproductive and gender-affirming care, which will further protect access to reproductive and gender-affirming care in our Commonwealth. The comprehensive bill was designed to further protect and expand reproductive health care and gender-affirming services in the Commonwealth while establishing additional legal safeguards following the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

With this bill, the Legislature is taking significant steps to ensure that access to reproductive health care and gender-affirming services codified in 2020 throughout the Commonwealth by the ROE Act will remain protected in this state. The legislation provides legal protections to out-of-state patients, abortion care providers, pharmacists, mental health professionals, insurers and other people involved with the delivery of reproductive health services. It also states that law enforcement officials cannot cooperate with out-of-state or federal law agencies investigating abortion care that is legal in Massachusetts. If signed into law, this bill will also give care providers and out-of-state patients the option to countersue over abusive litigation and creates a standing order allowing licensed pharmacists following a training program, to provide emergency contraception.

After negotiations, the House and Senate were able to reach a compromise on Monday regarding a section in the bill on acceptable circumstances for abortions after 24 weeks. The final bill includes language change that updates the ROE Act and allows abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy in the case of “a grave fetal diagnosis”. This will ensure that women who face dire circumstances late in pregnancy are not forced to leave Massachusetts in order to access needed reproductive health care services while allowing them to make critical decisions about their health with professionals who know their medical history and have their best interests in mind.

“As states across the country move to restrict access to abortion, reproductive health care, and gender-affirming services, I am proud that our legislature has taken these critical steps to protect access to these necessary services, their providers, and the rights of those who need them,” said Representative Steven Ultrino (D – Malden). “With this bill, as well as the ROE Act in 2020, Massachusetts has continued its promise to all women and transgender individuals: letting them know that they have equal rights, and we as a legislative body will continue to defend and safeguard their fundamental rights to reproductive and gender-affirming care.”

“Voting with a bipartisan supermajority to enact this bill was a powerful moment,” said Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian (D – Melrose). “In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the Massachusetts Legislature has responded swiftly to reject that cruel decision and to protect and expand access to reproductive health, including abortion. During deliberation in the House, I was proud to speak in support of this bill, emphasizing that abortion is not a partisan or political issue. It is a human rights issue.”

“The Reproductive Health bill will ensure that anybody requiring health care for any reason, will be able to do so in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth has the best hospitals in the world and it would be an injustice to prevent anyone from their treatment,” said Representative Paul Donato (D – Medford). “This bill also legally protects providers from being prosecuted for any service they provide.”

“In the wake of the shocking Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade, it is imperative for the Commonwealth to ensure that abortion providers are fully protected and patients, whether from Massachusetts or other states, have access to the care they need,” said Senator Jason Lewis. “I was proud to join with my House and Senate colleagues in passing this critical legislation to further protect and expand access to reproductive and gender-affirming healthcare in Massachusetts. I’m especially pleased that the bill includes an amendment I filed to expand access to medication abortion services on our public college and university campuses to help students overcome the significant barriers to care that many face today.”

H.4954, An Act expanding protections for reproductive and gender-affirming care, has been passed by the House and Senate, and now stands go to Governor Baker for his signature.


Please reach out with any questions:

Claudia Chung, Legislative Aide

(617) 722-2070

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