The Board of Election Commissioners, two Democrats and two Republicans, are appointed to staggered four-year terms by the Manager from a list of candidates submitted by the City Committees of each party.
Daily operations of the Commission are conducted by five full-time staff persons (an Executive Director, Assistant Director, an Administrative Assistant, two data entry staff) and two part-time clerical aides. They are assisted at peak times by temporary part-time employees in voter registration, census canvassing, and signature certification. In addition, prior to each election, approximately 260 additional personnel are recruited, trained, and supervised by the Board to staff each of the polling locations (PDF) within the City.
Over 60,000 voter records (from a total of nearly 73,000 residents over the age of 17) are actively maintained both in a computer database and in a cross-referenced card system, with several thousand changes of party, name, and address annually. Confirmation of each change to a voter's record is sent to the respective voter in accordance with statutory requirements. In order to preserve the integrity of the database for the street lists and voting lists, the Board of Election Commissioners personally verifies the existence or nonexistence of questionable addresses within the City. They also prepare manuals to guide poll workers' operations on Election Day.
Tanya L. Ford
51 Inman Street, First Floor
Hours of Service
Monday: 8:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30 am-5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-Noon
Poll Worker Recruitment
If you are interested in becoming a Cambridge poll worker, please download the Election Worker Application (PDF). Complete the form and return to the election office.