Early Voting by Mail

Vote Early by Mail

Voting by mail is available to all registered voters for the November 2, 2021 Municipal Election. You do not need an excuse to vote by mail for any election before December 15, 2021.

Step 1: Apply for a Ballot

Ballots must be requested in writing at least 4 business days before Election Day. Make sure to apply as early as possible. The deadline to request a ballot for the November 2, 2021 Municipal Election is Wednesday, October 27th at 5:00 p.m. The Election Commission recommends applying by Tuesday, October 19th, allowing up to 7 days for ballot delivery in each direction. 

You can request a ballot by filling out the vote by mail application or by sending a signed request to the Election Commission Office that includes:

  • Your name;
  • The address where you are registered to vote;
  • The address where you want the ballot to be sent;

Deliver your application to the Cambridge Election Commission by email, mail or fax:

If you are emailing your application, you may either scan or take a photo of your signed application, or you may sign your application using a mouse, finger, or stylus and email the completed and signed attachment. Attach the application as a pdf or jpg. Typed signatures are not acceptable.

  • Emailelections@cambridgema.gov 
  • Mail: Cambridge Election Commission, 51 Inman Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Fax: 617-349-4366

Step 2: Vote when your Ballot Arrives

The Election Commission office will begin mailing ballots in early October. Due to the volume it may take some time for all of the ballots to be mailed.

Click here for more information about voting in Municipal Elections. Please make sure to fill in ovals completely. If you make a mistake on your ballot, please call the Election Commission office at 617-349-4361 or email elections@cambridgema.gov for further instructions. 

After voting your ballots, place them in the inner envelope and sign the envelope. Please return all ballot pages, even if you choose to leave a page blank. 

Step 3: Return your Ballot by the close of polls on Election Day

You have four options for returning your ballot:

  • Mail: the envelopes will be addressed and postage is provided!
  • Ballot Drop Box: There are six drop boxes in Cambridge, open every day from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., starting October 5th until Election Day, November 2nd.
    • City Hall - Near the back door of the building located at 795 Massachusetts Ave
    • Morse School - Near the front entrance of the building located at 40 Granite Street
    • Cambridge Police Headquarters - Near the front of the building located at 125 6th Street
    • Maria L. Baldwin School - Near the Oxford Street entrance of the building located at 28 Sacramento Street
    • O'Neill Library - Adjacent to the entrance stairs of the building located at 70 Rindge Avenue
    • Coffon Building - Near the front of the building located at 51 Inman Street
  • Early Voting Locations: Ballots may also be returned by dropping them off at designated early voting locations during early voting hours.
  • Election Commission Office: Drop the ballot off in person to the Election Commission Office at 51 Inman Street during regular office hours.

View Map of Drop Box Locations

The Election Commission office must receive your ballot by Tuesday, November 2nd at 8 p.m.

Visit www.TrackMyBallotMA.com to track your ballot! 

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