How will voting work? Who is eligible to vote?

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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 2018 Participatory Budgeting vote will be held from December 1-7, 2018. Voters will be able to choose up to 5 of the 20 projects on the PB5 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 pb@cambridgema.gov 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 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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