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The Election Department conducts elections, oversees the collection of census data, and maintains a collection of public records, including voter and resident lists, campaign finance records, and election results. Elections are carried out by distributing and administering nomination papers and initiative petitions of candidates, certifying signatures, preparing ballots, staffing polling locations, maintaining voting machines, training wardens and clerks, conducting an orderly voting procedure, tabulation of votes, and publishing official results of all elections. The Commission also administers the annual City Census by way of mass mailing to the City’s residents, keying in the returns, and enforcing compliance.