Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #244
ORDER ADOPTED
Oct 29, 2018 5:30 PM

Order filing Home Rule Petition entitled "An Act Authorizing the City of Cambridge to offer Early Voting in Municipal Elections.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The ability for all citizens to participate in elections is a fundamental civil right and a central principle of our democracy, where they can make their voices heard; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Government at all levels should take proactive steps to ensure that all eligible citizens are given the ability to exercise their right to vote; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Early voting can help ease access to the ballot for Cambridge voters, shorten lines at polling locations, and improve the voting experience overall; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Early voting was first offered in Cambridge during the 2016 general election, and more than a quarter of the 71,351 voters registered in Cambridge cast early ballots in that election; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Voter turnout was less than 45% during the 2017 Cambridge Municipal Elections, and since voter participation is typically lower for municipal elections than for general elections, the increased awareness brought on by providing early voting dates could be especially helpful in improving voter turnout and broadening the electorate in local elections; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Extending the available days and times for people to cast their ballots will allow more flexibility for Cambridge residents of all ages and backgrounds to participate in municipal elections; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on offering early voting in City Council and School Committee elections; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That a petition be submitted to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, accompanied by a bill for a special law related to the City of Cambridge to be filed with a copy of this order, be, and hereby is, approved under Clause One (1) of Section Eight (8) of Article Two (2), as amended, of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to the end that legislation be adopted precisely as follows, except for clerical or editorial changes of form only:

PETITION FOR A SPECIAL LAW ENTITLED, AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE TO OFFER EARLY VOTING IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a copy of this attached petition to the Massachusetts legislative delegation on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

 

Meeting History

Oct 29, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED