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NOTICE: The Election Commission will be open to members of the public, by appointment only, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are available for voter registration, resident letters, Annual City Census and all other election related matters. Appointments can be made online, by phone at 617-349-4361 or by email at For information about voting in the 2020 elections - which does not require an appointment - please click here.

Early Voting

Vote Early by Mail

Download a Vote by Mail Application

Voting by mail is available to all voters for all elections in 2020. You do not need an excuse to vote by mail this year.

To vote by mail, all you need to do is:

1. Complete a vote by mail application

  • You can use one application to request ballots for the primary, the general election, or both!
  • If you are independent and you are voting in the primary, make sure to check off which party ballot you would like. Choosing a party ballot does not register you in the party.
  • Make sure the application is signed. You may sign by hand, or electronically by mouse, stylus, or finger. Typed names are not acceptable signatures.

2. Deliver your Application to the Cambridge Election Commission by email, mail or fax

  • Email: 
  • Mail: Cambridge Election Commission, 51 Inman Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Fax: 617-349-4366

The application must arrive by October 28th at 5 p.m. to vote by mail in the November 3rd State/Presidential Election

3. Vote when your ballot arrives

  • Ballots for the November 3rd State/Presidential election will be mailed beginning in early October

4. Return your mail-in ballot to the Cambridge Election Commission

  • Mail: the envelopes will be addressed and postage is provided!
  • In-person/Drop-Box: The Election Commission has a ballot drop box outside of 51 Inman Street that is available daily from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Any City of Cambridge voter wanting to hand deliver their mail-in ballot may use the drop box to do so.
  • Ballots may also be returned at designated Early Voting locations during early voting hours listed below.

For the general election, ballots sent by mail must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3rd and must arrive at the Cambridge Election Commission office by Friday, November 6th at 5 pm. Ballots delivered by hand or by dropbox must be delivered by 8 pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Vote Early in Person

The in-person Early Voting Period for the November 3rd State/Presidential Election is Saturday, October 17th through Friday, October 30th. Hours and locations will be designated by October 2nd and published by October 9th. 

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