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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 by Mail

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Voting by mail is available to all registered 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, either by using the paper form or the new Mail-in Ballot Application System

  • If you use the paper application, 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, or submit your application through the Mail-in Ballot Application System

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

The U.S. Postal Service recommends submitting this application no later than October 20th to ensure the timely delivery of your ballot. A ballot cannot be mailed to you if your application reaches your local election office after 5 p.m. on October 28th.

3. Vote when your ballot arrives

  • The Election Commission office began mailing ballots on October 5th. Due to the volume it may take some time for all of the ballots to be mailed.
  • After voting your ballot, place it in the inner envelope and sign the envelope.

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

  • Mail: the envelopes will be addressed and postage is provided!
  • Ballot Drop Box: There are six official ballot drop box locations in Cambridge
    • City Hall - Near the back door of the building located at 795 Massachusetts Avenue
    • Morse School - Near the front entrance of the building located at 40 Granite Street
    • Cambridge Police Headquarters - Left-side of the front of the building located at 125 6th Street*
      *Please be advised due to sidewalk construction the drop box located at the Police Headquarters has been moved from the right-side of the front entrance to the left-side of the front entrance
    • Maria L. Baldwin School - Right-side of 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 - Right-side of the front of the building located at 51 Inman Street (available beginning Wednesday, October 7)
  • Early Voting Locations: Ballots may also be returned at designated Early Voting locations during early voting hours between October 17th and October 30th. Click here for Early Voting Times and Locations

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 drop box must be delivered by 8 pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.

View Map of Drop Box Locations

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