2023 Annual Town Election- Monday, April 3, 2023: Nomination Papers, Voter Registration, Absentee Voting & Early Vote by Mail

Annual Town Election- Monday, April 3, 2023
2023 Annual Town Election

Available starting Monday, January 9, 2023 at the Office of the Town Clerk.  Please call ahead (508-946-8800) to make an appointment to request nomination papers between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday, and 8:00 am 'til Noon on Fridays.

Obtaining Nomination Papers:

Nomination papers can be obtained by contacting the Lakeville Town Clerk’s office and making an appointment. Please contact our office at any time if you have any questions.

Obtaining signatures: What IS allowed?
  • Multiple signature pages – Each signee, or family, may have their own individual nomination paper form.
  • Scheduling drop-off - Please give our office a call to schedule drop off of nomination papers so we can issue you a receipt.
Obtaining signatures: What is NOT allowed?
  • Electronic signatures. All signatures must be in wet ink.
  • Time Extensions. There are no extended deadlines approved by Massachusetts State for the obtaining of nomination signatures
  • Reduction of Signatures. The number of signatures required remains the same.
Suggestions for Obtaining Signatures:
  • You can mail individual nomination papers to people and ask them to sign them and mail them back
  • Candidates can set up a table, with permission at a post office or other public place (i.e., a grocery store),  but include fresh pens, gloves and sanitizer
  • Some candidates are announcing the locations of supporters who have covered porches and letting people drop by to sign.  Candidates can set specific hours to sign so their nomination papers don't stay unsupervised for long hours
  • Advertise designated signing areas/times through social media or mail
  • Please note: each page must have the candidate's information filled out on both the front and back of the page.

All candidates that have obtained 50 signatures of registered voters are eligible to be on the ballot after the signatures have been certified.   

Registered voters of the Town of Lakeville will elect the following positions:
  • 1- Select Board – 3 year term (Incumbent Richard LaCamera)
  • 1- Assessor – 3 year term (Incumbent M. John Olivieri)
  • 1- Board of Health- 3 year term (Incumbent Christopher D. Spratt)
  • 1- Cemetery Commissioner- 3 year term (Incumbent Emery Orrall)
  • 1- Cemetery Commissioner- Unexpired 2 year term (Incumbent- Appointee Joan Morton)
  • 1- Finance Committee-  3 year term (Incumbent Adam M. Lynch)
  • 1- Moderator- 1 year term (Incumbent Kathryn "Katie" Goodfellow)
  • 2- Park Commissioners- Vote for 2- 3 year term (Incumbents: Scott Holmes & Paula Houle)
  • 2- Park Commissioners- Unexpired 2 year term (Incumbents- Appointees: Michael Cassani & Melisa Turcotte)
  • 1- Planning Board –  5 year term (Incumbent Peter M. Conroy)
  • 1-Trustees of the Public Library –  3 year term (Incumbent Ruth S. Gross)
  • 1- Freetown/Lakeville Regional School Committee – 3 year term (Incumbent Stephen D. Sylvia)

  • Last day to OBTAIN Nomination Papers:  Thursday, February 9th @ 5:00 pm
  • Last day to RETURN Nomination Papers:  Monday, February 13th @ 5:00 pm
  • Last day to WITHDRAW Nomination:  Wednesday, March 1st @ 5:00 pm
  • Last day to REGISTER to vote:  Friday, March 24th @ 5:00 pm
  • Form CPF M102 (Eight (8) days preceding election)- Due:      Monday, March 27, 2023
  • Form CPF M102 (Thirty (30) days after election)- Due:            Wednesday, May 3, 2023
  • End of Year Report Due:                                                            Saturday, January 20, 2024

If you do not receive any contributions, spend any money (including your own) or incur any liabilities in connection with your campaign, you may sign FORM CPF M102-0 (available at the Town Clerks Office) for each reporting period in lieu of filing Form CPF M102.

HOURS OF POLLS:  The polls will be open from 12:00 NOON until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2023
POLLING PLACE:     Precinct One, Precinct Two, and Precinct Three
                                   Ted Williams Camp, Loon Pond Lodge

                                   28 Precinct Street, Lakeville, MA 02347

•    Voting Booths will be cleaned routinely
•    Unused / sanitized pens will be provided to those who need one
•    Hand sanitizer will be provided at the exit


Town Clerk Lillian M. Drane would like to announce that voter registration in Lakeville has never been easier than it is today!   All residents of Lakeville (18 years of age and over) who are not already registered voters must be registered to vote by Friday, March 24, 2023 at 5:00 pm is the final date and time to be registered for the upcoming Annual Town Election which will be held on Monday, April 3, 2023.

In Person:  You may visit the Town Clerk’s Office in Lakeville located at 346 Bedford Street and complete a voter registration form in person- please call ahead.

Mail-In Voter Registration:  Mail-in voter registration forms are available at the Lakeville Town Clerk’s Office, Post Office and the Public Library.  Mail-in voter registration forms may also be obtained by calling the State Elections Division at (800) 462-VOTE or visiting the website at voter-registration_English.pdf (state.ma.us)  In addition, the state registries of motor vehicles, social services agencies and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services.

Online Voter Registration:  You may also register using the NEW Online Voter Registration System at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.  To submit an online application, you must have a valid driver’s license, learner’s permit, or non-driver ID issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RVM).  You must also have a signature on file with the RMV.  If you do not have an RMV ID, you may still use the online system to create an application.  PRINT and sign the completed form, and then mail or bring it to your local election official.  The online system will allow you to: apply to register to vote in Massachusetts, change your name or address for voter registration purposes, enroll in a political party, change your party enrollment, or unenroll from a party.

Registered Voters:  Voters are required to return the Census form annually to retain their “Active” status on the voter list.  If you are a registered voter and do not respond to the census, the Board of Registrars is required by law to move you to the “INACTIVE VOTER LIST” (MGL, Ch 51,§4). You will still be eligible to vote in Lakeville, but only after completing an “Affirmation of Current & Continuous Residence” form and showing evidence (i.e. driver’s license or other acceptable documentation) when you go to the polls.

To register or pre-register (16 & 17 year olds) to vote in Massachusetts you must:
  • Be a US Citizen
  • Be a Massachusetts resident
  • Be at least 16 years old (to register) and 18 years old (to vote)
In order to vote you must be registered:
  • 10 days prior to all primaries and elections, Annual and Special Town Meetings

When a voter registration date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline falls back to previous workday.  


Because of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the number of observers may be limited and advance notice of location and time will therefore be required.  Please email notification to ldrane@lakevillema.org or call 508-946-8800.


If anyone is wishing to run as a "write-in" candidate, to please give the Town Clerk's office a courtesy call at 508-946-8800 or email at ldrane@lakevillema.org.  The first step in running for office as a "write-in" candidate is checking with local officials about any particular technicalities involved.  The Town Clerk's office will give guidance on the general requirements that its needed to run as a "write-in" candidate.  By notifying the Town Clerk's office, the Town Clerk will inform precinct officials to carefully count all "write-ins".

General Requirements:

It is important for you to give clear instructions to voters about the office which you are seeking and where to write in your name. Please note that write-in votes are counted for the office where the name is written. For example, if you are running for selectmen, but the voter places your name under school committee, you will receive a vote for school committee.

Please be aware that campaign materials, including flyers, cannot be distributed within 150 feet of the polling location. The 150-foot area includes the polling place, in the building where the polling place is located, on the walls thereof, on the premises on which the building stands, or within 150 feet of the building entrance door to such polling place.

Number of Votes Necessary:

To be elected in a general election, a write-in candidate must receive more votes than any other candidate for that office. There is no minimum number of votes required.


Absentee Ballot Applications can be filed annually after January 1st for all elections to be held in the Calendar year 2023.  -see attachment below for Absentee Ballot Application

Absentee Voting applies to:
  • A registered voter who is absent from the voter’s city or town during normal polling hours;
  • A registered voter with a physical disability that prevents them from going to the polling place (including precautions being taken relating to ongoing COVID-19- admitted to the hospital within 1 week of the election, or quarantined within 1 week of the election); or
  • A registered voter is unable to go to the polls because of religious beliefs,
  • A non-registered voter who is absent from the state; or
  • An active member of the armed forces or merchant marines, their spouses or dependent; or
  • A non-registered voter who is confined in a correctional or a jail, except if by reason of felony conviction.

If you are NOT going to be in town between the hours of 12:00 NOON to 8:00 P.M., you may wish to vote in absentia.  All Ballots will need to be returned to the Town Clerk's office (Drop Box) before 8pm on Election Day.

All applications for an Absentee Ballot by mail must be received by the Town Clerk before 5:00pm on March 27, 2023.

In-Person Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in person is available during regular business hours, Monday-Thursday, 8:00am - 4:30pm & Friday, 8:00am - 12 noon at the Town Clerk's Office (346 Bedford Street, Lakeville- BY APPOINTMENT ONLY), until Friday, March 31st at 5:00 P.M.


Early voting in person is currently not available for this Election, however, Early Voting by Mail will be available- see attachment below for Vote by Mail application.

All applications for Vote By Mail Applications must be received by the Town Clerk before 5:00pm on March 27, 2023.


If you have been admitted to a healthcare facility within 7 days of an election, or you have been instructed by a medical professional or public health official to self-quarantine in your home within 7 days of an election, you may use the absentee ballot application to designate someone to pick up your emergency absentee ballot, deliver it to you, and return it to the Town Clerk. There is no deadline to submit an application for an emergency ballot, but your ballot must be returned to the Town Clerk by the close of polls.


Town Clerk, Lillian M. Drane would like to introduce to residents the NEW TOWN CLERK'S OFFICE DROP BOX located outside of the Town Hall (346 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347). The drop box will be utilized for election mail including absentee/early voting applications, ballots and voter registration forms, dog licenses, vital records request and other business conducted by the town clerk's office.

drop box