Election Office

Election Commissioners

The Board of Election Commissioners, two Democrats and two Republicans, are appointed to staggered four-year terms by the City Manager from a list of candidates submitted by the City Committees of each party. The Board's responsibilities include certifying nomination papers & petitions, registering voters, administering election recounts and preserving the integrity of the database for the street and voting lists by personally verifying the existence or nonexistence of questionable addresses addresses within the City. In addition, prior to each election, approximately 260 additional election personnel are recruited, trained and supervised by the Board to staff each of the polling locations within the City. They work with the office staff to ensure that elections are managed in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Commission Members:

Ethridge A. King (Chair)

Polyxane S. Cobb

Larry W. Ward

Charles Marquardt

Election Commission Staff:

Daily operations of the Commission are conducted by full-time and part-time staff persons. During peak times they receive assistance with voter registration, census processing and signature certification from temporary employees. Over 60,000 voter records are actively maintained both in the 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.

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Contact Information

Executive Director:
Tanya L. Ford

51 Inman Street, First Floor
Cambridge MA 02139


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

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