2011 Cambridge Municipal Election Calendar (and advice for candidates)
|Fri, July 1:||
Municipal Election Nomination Papers available at Election Commission office, 8:30am to 5:00pm.
Nomination papers will be available through the Aug 1 submission deadline, but it is advisable that a candidate pick up papers early and get started collecting signatures. The process is an excellent way for a new candidates to "get their feet wet" and acclimate to the process of asking for support. ALL pages of your nomination papers must be notarized and there are a total of three sheets. You will also want to get a current database of registered voters. This is available from the Election Commission free of charge to any candidate who has pulled nomination papers. Voter history files and the street listing are also available. If you are a legitimate candidate and want a merged file showing all currently registered Cambridge voters with their ten year voting history in Cambridge elections (if they voted - not who they voted for!!), you can request it from me free of charge.
|Mon, Aug 1:||
5:00pm deadline to submit nomination papers & statements of financial interest for candidates.
A minimum of 50 valid signatures must be filed and a candidate may submit up to 100 signatures. Once a voter's signature has been recorded for a particular candidate, it cannot be used for another candidate in the same race. That is, a voter should sign for exactly one candidate for City Council and one candidate for School Committee. Candidates should submit as many signatures as possible over the minimum of 50 because it is very likely that some signatures will not be certified. It is advisable that all signatures be checked against the voter registration list before submitting them. Candidates do not have to submit all their signatures at one time, and it is advisable that signatures be submitted as each sheet becomes full. The Election Commission staff traditionally checks signatures soon after they are submitted, so it is possible to know how many signatures have been tentatively certified in case it is necessary to obtain more signatures to reach the minimum of 50 certified signatures. Actual certification is only official when the Election Commission votes to approve them.
|Mon, Aug 15:||5:00pm deadline for Election Commission to certify signatures on nomination papers.|
|Wed, Aug 17:||5:00pm deadline for municipal candidates to file withdrawal of nomination.|
|Wed, Oct 19:||8:00pm deadline to register to vote in municipal election. In person registration hours are 8:30am to 8:00pm at Election Commission office only. (Mail in registration must be postmarked by Oct 19).|
|Mon, Oct 31:||
5:00pm deadline for School Committee candidates and Political Committees to file Municipal Campaign & Political Finance Reports. (City Council candidates should consult their OCPF packets regarding depository-filing requirements).
City Council candidates are required under state law to set up a depository account at a bank. The bank will report all deposits and expenditures directly to the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF). School Committee candidates are not required to set up a depository account, but they must file a campaign finance report in mid-October and at the end of the year.
|Fri, Nov 4:||Election Commission will be open 8:30am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting.|
|Sat, Nov 5:||Election Commission office will be open 9:00am to 5:00pm for over-the-counter absentee voting.|
|Mon, Nov 7:||Noontime (12:00pm) deadline to apply for absentee ballot, either for mail-in or over-the-counter voting.|
|Tues, Nov 8:||
Municipal Election. Polls are open 7:00am until 8:00pm.
Overseas Absentee Ballots and Provisional Ballots will be counted on Friday, November 18th at 5:00pm.
It is expected that the Election Commission will report preliminary election results Tuesday evening (Nov 8), but this tally does not include auxiliary ballots (write-in ballots and other ballots not yet counted for a variety of reasons). These will be scanned and tabulated on Wednesday. Unofficial election results are expected to be announced on Wednesday when all of the auxiliary ballots have been included. The official election results will not be complete until any overseas absentee ballots and provisional ballots have been included on Friday, November 18.
|Wed, Nov 9:||9:00am-5:00pm. Ballot count resumes at Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square.|
|Fri, Nov 18:||Overseas Absentee Ballots and Provisional Ballots will be counted at 5:00pm.|
Regular Election Commission Office Hours: (Unless otherwise indicated)
Mondays: 8:30am to 8:00pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Fridays: 8:30am to Noon
Holidays: The Election Commission will be closed for the following holidays:
Independence Day - Monday, July 4th
Labor Day - Monday, September 5th
Columbus Day - Monday, October 10th
Printable copy of 2011 Municipal Election Calendar