How will voting work? Who is eligible to vote?


Cambridge residents who are at least 12 years old, regardless of citizenship status, are eligible to vote in Participatory Budgeting. College/university students whose dorm/apartments are in Cambridge are also eligible to vote.

The 8th Participatory Budgeting vote will be held from in the beginning of December 2021. Voters will be able to choose up to 5 of the 20 projects on the PB8 ballot. They do not need to rank their choices or do any math. 

Voters will need an access code to vote online. Residents can obtain codes via text message to their cell phone. People who don't have cell phones can contact the Budget Office at [email protected] or 617-349-4270 to obtain an access code to vote online. The 2019 online ballot was available in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. 

Residents can also vote in person at multiple events around town during vote week. Paper ballots at in person events last year were available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish.  

Winning projects are announced at a PB Vote Results Party in mid-December. You can read about winning projects from past PB cycles here.

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  • Dan Johnson
    commented 2021-09-17 01:23:04 -0400
    Really? 12 year olds who aren’t even American can vote???