Early Voting

December 14, 2021 Special State Primary

Under a state law passed in July 2021, early voting will be allowed in all local and state elections through December 15, 2021. You do not need to have an excuse to cast an early ballot. You can vote early by mail or in person and your ballot will be cast for you on Election Day.

Any registered voter in the following Cambridge precincts can vote early:

Ward 2, Precincts 2 and 3
Ward 4, Precincts 1 and 3
Ward 5, Precincts 1, 2 and 3

Vote Early by Mail

Vote Early in Person

Because the temporary law expires on December 15, 2021, only voters who are qualify for absentee ballots will be eligible to vote by mail for the January 11, 2022 Special State Election. 

Absentee vs. Early Voting

In Massachusetts, absentee voting is available in all elections, while early voting is only available for certain elections. The two systems overlap in several ways, but the most important difference is that absentee voters must have an excuse, while there is no excuse needed in order to vote early.

To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must:

  • Be away from your city/town on Election Day; or
  • Have a disability that keeps you from voting at your polling place; or
  • Have a religious belief that prevents you from voting at your polling place on Election Day

In elections in which early voting is available, there may still be certain circumstances when it would be appropriate to apply for an absentee ballot instead of an early ballot. You should complete an absentee ballot application if you are:

  • A military voter on active duty;
  • A Massachusetts citizen residing outside of the United States;
  • A voter who has been admitted to the hospital within 1 week of the election;
  • A voter who has been quarantined within 1 week of the election;
  • A voter who is incarcerated.

For more information on Absentee Voting, please visit www.cambridgema.gov/absentee

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