Early Voting

Early Voting in the 2021 Municipal Election

Voting by Mail:

Under current state law, no-excuse voting by mail has only been extended through June 30, 2021. This means that no-excuse voting by mail is not currently available for the November 2, 2021 Cambridge Municipal Election.

The Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering proposals that could make no-excuse voting by mail a permanent option for all elections. If you are interested in voting by mail in the Cambridge Municipal Election, please check this page at a later date for updates or read the information on absentee voting below to decide whether you qualify for an absentee ballot.

Voting in Person:

Under current state law, in-person early voting  is not available for Municipal Elections. If you qualify for an absentee ballot, there will be in-person absentee voting at the Election Commission office during regular office hours. Please check back at a later date for information regarding absentee ballot availability.

Absentee vs. Early Voting

In Massachusetts, absentee voting is available in all elections, while early voting only in 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

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

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