Annual Town Election, April 6th- POSTPONED

Postponed Election

PRESS RELEASE

NOTICE OF POSTPONED LOCAL ELECTION OF APRIL 6, 2020

Town Clerk, Lillian M. Drane, would like to announce in response to the State of Emergency and concerns about COVID-19 and its implications on election administration, the Governor signed a law authorizing the Board of Selectmen to vote to postpone the local election which was scheduled for April 6, 2020.  At its remote meeting on March 25, 2020, the Board of Selectmen voted to reschedule the election to uncertain date.  Once a new date has been determined by the Board of Selectmen and the Town Clerk as to logistics and feasibility, it will be properly posted no less than 20 days prior to the new election date.

VOTER REGISTRATION

The law establishes a new voter registration deadline of 8:00 PM on the 10th day before the rescheduled election.  Residents can also visit the www.RegisterToVoteMA.com to register to vote online or download a voter registration form to mail to the Town Clerk’s Office.

In light of widespread practice of social distancing, the law provides for two alternatives to voting in person:

ABSENTEE VOTING

The law allows any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 to vote by absentee ballot.  All applications for an absentee ballot must be received by the Town Clerk before 12:00 noon on the last business day before the new election date. Any person may apply for an absentee ballot by sending a signed request to the Town Clerk’s office or filling out the absentee ballot application available here. Your absentee voting ballot must be received by the Town Clerk before the polls close 8:00 PM on election day.

EARLY VOTING BY MAIL

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Baker signed an Act in regards to upcoming elections in the Commonwealth.  This Act now provides Early Voting by mail for elections held before June 30, 2020.  This will give voters an opportunity to vote by mail to eliminate large turnouts at the polling place. We highly recommend that voters take advantage of this option and early vote by mail. Any person may obtain an early voting ballot by sending a signed request to the Town Clerk’s office or by filling out and returning the early voting application available to download, below.  Your early voting ballot must be received by the Town Clerk before the polls close 8:00 PM on election day.

The law does NOT make any other changes to elections or the election process.  It does NOT, for example, change the number of signatures or the submission deadline for candidates for office.

The official warrant for the Annual Town Election -April 6th, as well as the sample ballot, Early Voting Application and the copy of Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 is available for download, below.