2021 Annual & Special Town Meeting- May 10, 2021 & Notice to Consider Reducing Quorum (COVID-19)

Annual & Special Town Meeting & Reduction of Quorum for ALL Town Meetings held during State of Emergency
Town Meetings

Annual & Special Town Meeting will be held on Monday, May 10th at Apponequet High School Gymnasium, 100 Howland Road, Lakeville, MA.  

  • The Special Town Meeting will begin at 6:30 PM
  • The Annual Town Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM

All Warrant Articles to be submitted to Board of Selectmen as follows:

  • Closing of Warrant for Annual Town Meeting: March 8, 2021 at 4:00pm

To view the WARRANT for the Annual Town Meeting, Click here

To view the WARRANT for the Special Town Meeting, Click here

The following safety measures will be in place for the meetings:
  • Residents who are not registered voters will NOT be allowed to vote.
  • Voters must have been REGISTERED prior to Tuesday, April 20, 2021 for the Annual Town Meeting &
  • Voters must have been REGISTERED prior to Friday, April 30, 2021 for the Special Town Meeting
  • Check-in will begin at 6:00 p.m., and residents are urged to arrive early.
  • A separate seating area will be designated for those individuals unable to wear a mask due to health issues or other circumstances.
  • Movement within the meeting room will be limited to ensure appropriate social distancing.  
  • Socially distanced seating will be provided.
  • In accordance with Gov. Charlie Baker’s orders, face coverings will be required for entry. A limited number of masks will be available, but residents are urged to bring their own.

NOTE: Though municipal legislative bodies are exempt from orders prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, numerous precautions are being taken to ensure the safety and health of residents attending the meeting, see Guidance from DPH below.

It is imperative that residents who attend the Annual/Special Town Meetings follow the measures in place and adhere to strict social distancing guidelines. This is an unprecedented way to hold such a meeting, and we ask that all residents be patient and respectful during the process.


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 as follows:

  • ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, by Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm is the final date and time to be registered for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting which will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021.
  •  SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, by Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:00 pm is the final date and time to be registered for the upcoming Special Town Meeting which will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021

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 https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm.  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 Town Meeting.


The Board of Selectmen hereby provides notice of its intention to considering an adjustment of the quoroum requirements for the Monday, May 10, 2021  Annual & Special Town Meeting. House Bill 4777, signed by the Governor on June 5, 2020, and attached hereto, authorizes a Board of Selectmen to reduce the quorum to at least 10% for an Annual or  Special Town Meeting, regardless of whether such quorum is set by bylaw or charter. In Lakeville, Chapter II, Section 6 of the General Bylaws, provides for a quorum of 100 voters.

As backgroud, based upon the orders and guidance issued by the Governor and the Commonwealth Department of Public Health, among others, restricting large gatherings and various public functions, and the declaration of a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth, significant planning was undertaken to hold the Town Meetings at the Apponequet Regional High School-Gymnasium.  The intent of such plan was to provide voters with a way to attend the Town Meetings without having to choose between protecting their health and participating as a member of the legislative body of the Town.

One of the most essential jobs of the Town Meeting is to set the budget for the upcoming/current fiscal year, and the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee have determined that it is in the Town's best interests to approve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Working with the Moderator and other key staff, the Town has prepared a Town Meeting plan consistent with the advice and guidance of the Governor and the Department of Public Health.

Therefore, to preserve the option for Town Meeting to be held with a lower quorum, the Board hereby provided notice of its intent to meet on a virtual platform on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM to discuss whether, with the Moderator's input and approval, it should lower the quorum to ensure that the Annual or Special Town Meetings can undertake its responsibilities. Such meeting was conducted via a virtual platform with public access to allow the public to follow the deliberations in real time.  (See attached vote)