How will voting work? Who is eligible to vote?

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The PB10 vote will be held in March, 2024 and will be conducted in a way that maximizes access and participation. Cambridge residents who are at least 12 years old (as well as students in the 6th grade), 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. Voters will be able to choose up to 5 of the 20 projects on the PB10 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] to obtain an access code to vote online. The PB9 online ballot was available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish.  

Residents can also vote over the phone in English at (617) 349-4270 and in-person at multiple events around Cambridge. Paper ballots at in-person events last year were available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish.  

Winning projects will be announced at a PB vote results party in March. You can read about winning projects from the last PB cycle 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???