About Voting

Cambridge has a ranked choice system, which might be different than what you’re used to. Essentially, you'll be given a ballot with a list of the candidates, and you will fill in a bubble for the rank you want to give them.

So you'll start with something like this:

Seabiscuit 1 2 3
Phar Lap 1 2 3
Secretariat 1 2 3

And turn in something like this:

Seabiscuit 1 2 3
Phar Lap 2 3
Secretariat 1 3

Preview an official sample ballot

Counting the Votes

If you'd like to know more about how Cambridge elects 9 councillors from a bunch of ballots with numbers... See our interactive presentation to learn more about Ranked Choice Voting.

How to Register

The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 8pm.

There are a couple of ways to register:

  • If you have a valid driver’s license, learner’s permit, or non-driver ID issued by Massachusetts, you can register online.
  • If you do not, you must register by mail or in person — details here.

How to Vote

Voting Absentee

You must fill out the absentee form and turn it into the Clerk’s office. You can turn it in by mail, in person, by fax, or as a scanned attached to an email by 12 p.m. on the day before the election. (So you must vote absentee before Monday, November 4 at 12 noon.)

Election Commission

51 Inman ST, First Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: 617-349-4361 Fax: 617-349-4366
Email: elections2@cambridgema.gov

Voting In person

  • Look up your polling location here.
  • On November 5th, go there and vote!
  • An ID is not usually required, but sometimes it is — bring one if you have it, just in case.

Note: early voting is not available for municipal elections in Massachusetts!