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City of Cambridge

Voter Registration

Election Commission

You may register or pre-register to vote in Cambridge if you are a US citizen, a resident of Cambridge, and at least 16 years old; and not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction. You can register:

Online - In order to register to vote online, you must have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. If you currently have a Massachusetts driver's license or state ID card, you may use the online voter registration application to register, update your address, or change your party affiliation.

In Person - At the Election Commission Office 51 Inman St., Cambridge during regular and special office hours.

By Mail-in Registration Form - Forms are available at the Election Office, local libraries, Post Office branches, Cambridge Hospital, neighborhood health clinics, public housing locations, and other city locations. Download form from the Secretary of State's website at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm.
Complete and sign form and mail to: Cambridge Election Commission, 51 Inman St., Cambridge, MA 02139.

To request a Registration form via mailed, call 1-800-462-vote or 617-727-2828.

Tips and FAQs

Who may register or pre-register to vote in Cambridge?

You may register or pre-register to vote in Cambridge if you are a US citizen, a resident of Cambridge, and at least 16 years old; and not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.

Is there a deadline to register?

One may register to vote at any time. However, the deadline to register for any given election is 20 days prior to that election.

Can I register for a friend, family member, or another individual?

You may register or pre-register to vote in Cambridge if you are a US citizen, a resident of Cambridge, and at least 16 years old; and not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.

Is identification required to register to vote?

When you register, you must include your driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your social security number on the application. If the information cannot be verified or you do not provide this information, you must provide identification at your polling location when you go to vote. Sufficient identification includes a copy of current and valid photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing your name and address.

How can I get a letter verifying that I am a registered voter?

Voter registration letters or cards are not necessary for voting purposes. However, you may go to the Election Commission office and make a request for a letter verifying that you are a registered voter. A $2.00 fee is charged for issuing a voter registration letter. You may also mail a request along with a check for $2 + postage, made payable to the City of Cambridge.

What is my polling location?

Your polling location is where you vote. You can look this up at http://www.wheredoivotema.com and you can view a map of all polling locations here.

How do I stay on the voting list?

Answering the city census each year ensures that your name will remain on the voting list once you have registered. If you move within the city, inform the Election Commission in writing about your change of address (see “How do I change my address for voting?”). If you were previously registered in another city or town, re-registration from the new address is necessary. You may also inform the Commission if your name changes and you wish to change it for the voting list. Massachusetts state law does not require that you vote in order to keep your name on the voting list.

How can my group or organization request voter registration forms in bulk?

Call the Elections Division at 1-800-462-VOTE or 617-727-2828

Last Updated: 3/5/2017

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