To conduct elections, oversee the collection of census data, and maintain a collection of public records including voter and resident lists, campaign finance records, and election results. The Elections Department conducts fair and orderly elections by distributing and administering nomination papers and petitions, certifying signatures, preparing ballots, administering early elections, staffing polling locations, maintaining voting machines, training wardens and clerks, tabulating votes, publishing the official results of all elections, and ensuring candidates’ compliance with campaign finance laws and the Somerville Ethics Ordinance. TheDepartment also administers the annual city census, which is mandated by the City Charter and the general laws of Massachusetts. Census information is used by the Election Department to ensure accurate voting lists and is used as a critical data source by many city agencies.
Personal Services Changes
Personal Services are projected down 5% for FY22.
This decrease is driven by a Temporary Wages line reduction to right-size for the election year.
Changes in salaries are due to negotiated collective bargaining agreements and merit increases based on annual performance reviews.
Ordinary Maintenance Changes
Ordinary Maintenance costs are projected down 18% for FY22.
This decrease is driven by reductions to lines to right-size for the election year.
FY22 Goals & Measures of Progress
GOAL 1: Conduct impartial and efficient elections.
- Adhere to state laws and regulations along with the mandates of our city charter.
GOAL 2: Increase census rate and voter turnout.
- Conduct three census mailings. We expect that the census mailings will also increase voter registration and turnout.