Election Supervisor completes screening for Cambridge voter

City Manager and Election Supervisor Patrick Comiskey, left, completes a health screening with a voter during Cambridge’s municipal election in October.

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge voters go to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 1, to decide three runoff elections — for mayor and commissioners for wards 2 and 3.

Incumbent Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley faces challenger Andrew Bradshaw, and incumbent Ward 2 Commissioner Donald Cephas faces challenger Lajan Cephas. Gary Gordy and Jameson Harrington are vying for the Ward 3 seat.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Chesapeake College at 418 Race Street. Anyone waiting in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

City Manager Patrick Comiskey, who also serves as election supervisor, said the post office had received 2,314 mail-in ballots as of Saturday morning, Nov. 28, 10% higher than what they received prior to the regular October election.

With the high COVID-19 case rate and anticipating a large turnout, Comiskey said the standing distance for the hallway will be increased from 6 to 12 feet and the number of voters in the hallway will be limited. Bathrooms will only be available for the election workers.

Poll watchers will be limited to three in the room at any one time during voting.

“We have three designated poll watching seats, so if we have more than three poll watchers, one will have to wait until the first watcher has been allowed to watch for one hour,” Comiskey said.

Voters must enter the college from the rear entrance. Only poll watchers and candidates may enter and exit the building from the front entrance on Race Street.

Once the polls are closed, six seats will be made available for each candidate or designee to sit and watch the ballot tabulating process, though it is not mandatory, Comiskey said. Candidates who do not want to wait and watch will be sent email when the process is finished.

He estimated it will take three hours or more to count all the votes — mail in and in person — and announce the results.

A camera has been set up so people can watch the counting process from home using town hall streams, Comiskey said.

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