Explanation of Unofficial Election Results

Reporting Election Results on Election Night & in the days that follow


Election for nine City Councilors (18 candidates)
Election for six School Committee members (8 candidates)

Results for the Municipal Election for City Council and School Committee will be released in three stages, as they become available:

  • Preliminary Results  – Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 p.m.*
  • Unofficial  Results  – Wednesday, November 9, 5 p.m.*
  • Official Complete Results  – Friday, November 18, after 5 p.m.* 

* All times are approximate.

At each stage, two sets of results will be reported: first choice votes cast for each candidate and ranking of candidates after transfers under proportional representation.

Ballots will be counted at the Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square, on Tuesday, November 8, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.  Tabulation will continue on Wednesday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Count will finish with the addition of overseas absentee ballots on Friday, November 18, beginning at 5 p.m.

Preliminary Results Overview  - Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 p.m. (time is approximate)

The preliminary results are rankings of candidates, from first to last in order of finish, based on the number of ballots scanned at the precincts. They do not include write-in’s or auxiliary ballots which will be counted the next day. Neither do they include overseas absentee ballots which may be counted up to 10 days after the election. Rankings of candidates may change as a result of votes cast on write-in, auxiliary, and overseas absentee ballots. Quota also is unofficial, based only on the total number of ballots scanned at the precincts.

Unofficial  Results Overview  - Wednesday, November 9, 5 p.m. (time is approximate)

Fuller reporting on each round and possible new rankings will be available at the conclusion of the ballot count on Wednesday after write-in and auxiliary ballots have been added to those scanned at the precinct. Unofficial results do not include overseas absentee ballots which may be counted up to10 days after the election. . No results are final, and no candidate can be declared elected until all ballots have been counted and the Election Commission announces the official results.

Official Results Overview  - Friday, November 18, after 5 p.m. (time is approximate)

A new State legislative change requires the counting of overseas absentee ballots, mailed on or before Election Day, up to 10 days following a municipal election. Final results for the November 8 election may not be available until November 18. Official results will be announced by the Board of Election Commissioners after overseas absentee ballots have been counted and added to the totals from the Count on Wednesday.

For information about polling location or other inquiries call the Cambridge Election Commission at 617-349-4361 or visit: http://www.cambridgema.gov/electioncommission/index.cfm?story_id=349

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Contact Information

Executive Director:
Tanya L. Ford

51 Inman Street, First Floor
Cambridge MA 02139


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Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30 am-5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-Noon

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