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 fourth Participatory Budgeting vote took place from December 2-8, 2017. Voters were able to choose up to 5 of the 20 projects on the PB4 ballot. They did not need to rank their choices or do any math. 

Voters needed an access code to vote online. Residents obtained codes via text message to their cell phone. People who don't have cell phones contacted the Budget Office at or 617-349-4270 to obtain an access code to vote online. The 2017 online ballot was available in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. 

Residents could also vote in person at 30+ events around town during vote week. Paper ballots were available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish.  

We'll announce the winning projects at the PB Vote Results Party on Tuesday, December 12th from 6-7pm at the Citywide Senior Center at 806 Mass. Ave. Join us!

You can read about winning projects from past PB cycles here.

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