Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election POSTPONED (Until Late June)

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING – MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2020 

ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION – MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020 (12:00 Noon until 7:00 pm)

On March 23, 2020, the Governor signed into law Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020, which is “An Act granting authority to postpone 2020 municipal elections in the Commonwealth and increase voting options in response to the declaration of emergency to respond to COVID-19.”

 

You may view the law in its entirety by clicking here: CHAPTER 45 OF THE ACTS OF 2020

 

The Board of Selectmen voted the following, at their meeting on the first of April 2020: 

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 39, Section 9 to postpone the date of the Annual Town Meeting from Monday, May 4, 2020 to Monday, June 22, 2020; and, in accordance with Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020, titled “An Act Granting Authority to Postpone 2020 Municipal Elections in the Commonwealth and Increase Voting Options in Response to the Declaration of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19”, to postpone the date of the Annual Town Election from Monday, May 11, 2020 to Monday, June 29, 2020 12:00PM to 7:00PM.

 

In light of the widespread practice of social distancing, Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 provides for two alternatives to voting in person:

 

  • First, 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 noon on Friday, June 26, 2020, the last business day before the election.  Any person may apply for an absentee ballot by sending a signed request to the Town Clerk’s office:  ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION

 

  • Second, the law provides for early voting by mail for THIS municipal election.  All applications for early voting ballots must be received before noon on Friday June 26, 2020, the last business day before the election.  Any person may obtain an early voting ballot by sending a signed request to the Town Clerk’s office:  EARLY VOTING BY MAIL APPLICATION

 

Absentee Ballots and Early Voting Ballots must be received by the Town Clerk before the polls close at 7:00 PM on Election Day, June 29, 2020.

 

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 deadline to register to vote in the Annual Town Meeting will be 8:00pm on Tuesday, June 2nd.  The deadline to register to vote in the Annual Town Election will be 8:00pm on Friday, June 19th.  Please call 978-422-8111 ext 2307 if you would like a voter registration card mailed to you.  You may also check your voter registration status and register to vote ONLINE using the Secretary of State’s Online Voter Registration System.

A member of Town Clerk staff will be available not less than from 2:00pm - 4:00pm and from 7:00pm - 8:00pm on that day (according to Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020).

 

A sample ballot will be posted on the Town of Sterling website once it is available.