About Us

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 full-time and part-time staff persons. They are assisted at peak times by temporary 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 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.

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Contact Information

Executive Director:
Tanya L. Ford
elections2@cambridgema.gov

51 Inman Street, First Floor
Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4361

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

Are you interested in becoming an election poll worker?

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.