Voting and Election Information
|ELECTION||DAY OF ELECTION||ELECTION TIMES||DEADLINE TO REGISTER|
|Special Town Election||Saturday, January 20, 2018||7AM - 3PM||Saturday, December 30, 2017|
|Town Election||Tuesday, April 24, 2018||7AM - 8PM||Wednesday, April 5, 2018|
Annual Town Meeting
Monday, May 21, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
State Primary Election
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
7AM - 8PM
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
7AM - 8PM
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
All Elections are held at the Oliver Ames High School Gym
• 100 Lothrop St, North Easton MA 02356
Voter Registration Deadlines
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) - 18 years old (to vote)
In order to vote you must be registered:
• 20 days prior to all primaries and elections, and Annual Town Meetings
• 10 days before a Special Town Meeting
When a voter registration date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline falls back to previous workday.
Town Election Information
Running For Office in Easton - Quick Checklist
List of Elected Official Positions - Town of Easton Charter
Campaign Finance Packet
Campaign Finance Information
Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance Website - Forms & Publications
Statement of Organization - Candidates
Statement of Organization - Ballot Question Committee
CPF M 102 & Instructions for completing
Muncipal Candidate Filing Reports:
CPF M 102-0 - No Financial Activity
Informational Fact Sheets & Guides:
Candidates for Muncipal Office Guide
Common Errors Made When Completing Campaign Finance Reports
Public Employees & Campaigns
Public Employees, Public Resources and Political Activity Guide
Candidates and their committees, if any, are required by statute to file periodic campaign finance reports and are also responsible for the legality, validity, completeness and accuracy of their reports. The following is a schedule for filing reports. These reports must be filed whether or not money has been raised or expended during the reporting period and whether or not the candidate is nominated or elected. Reports are due to the local election official by the close of business on the day the report is due. All forms, as well as filing software, are available on the OCPF website.
- Pre-Election Report: Due on or before the 8th day preceding the city or town general election, complete from the day following the ending date of the last report filed through 10 days before the due date.
- Post-Election Report: Due on or before the 30th day following the general election complete from the day following the ending date of the last report filed through 10 days before the due date. This report may be considered a final report if the candidate/committee has no cash balance, assets or outstanding liabilities. Most spring elections occur in towns.
- Year-End Report: Due on or before January 20 in the year following, complete from the day following the ending date of the last report filed through December 31. This year-end report must also be filed every year so long as a committee is in existence, or a candidate maintains a campaign fund, has outstanding debts, or is an incumbent elected official.
Election Information Resources
Secretary of the Commonwealth's Election Information page
What is the status of my absentee ballot? (Available for Federal & State Elections Only)
The Town Clerk is authorized by state law and to administer elections and elections-related processes and functions. There also are three Registrars of Voters who are appointed by the Board of Selectmen, each serving a three-year term. The Registrars of Voters always must represent each of the two leading political parties. The daily administration of elections processes is managed by the Town Clerk.
General Election Duties
The Easton Town Clerk administers nomination and election processes, registers voters, conducts the annual municipal census and certifies applications and documents for veterans' bonuses. The Town Clerk also verifies residences for state colleges and universities, travel certificates and social security administration. The Town Clerk prepares and provides all statistics on elections and census, and general assistance for citizens, political parties and members of the press.
The Easton Town Clerk conducts all presidential primaries, state primaries, and state and presidential elections. The Town Clerk also conducts Town general elections. The responsibilities of the Town Clerk include: voter registration; supplying nomination papers for candidates, initiatives and referenda; certification of signatures on all nomination papers and petitions; printing ballots for Town elections; maintenance of elections equipment; recruitment of poll workers; tallying elections results; and maintaining and preserving the records of the election.
List of Voters
The Town Clerk maintains the voters roll for Easton. The Town Clerk endeavors to maintain as accurate a list as possible for use at the polls on election day. Each year, 600+ of voters are removed from the voters list because of death or a move outside of the Town, and 1,800+ of new voters are added to the list. In addition, 800+ voters change party affiliation each year.
Voter registration in Easton has never been easier than it is today. You may visit the Town Clerk's Office in Easton Town Hall and complete a voter registration form in person. Or, you may obtain a mail-in voter registration form from the Town Clerk's Office, United States Post Offices and various other locations throughout the state. Mail-in forms also may be obtained by calling the State Elections Division at (800) 462-VOTE. In addition, the state registries of motor vehicles, social service agencies and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services. Any person who is a Massachusetts resident, a United States citizen and will be eighteen years old as of the next election is eligible to register to vote. You do not need a drivers license or any other form of identification to register. However, when you sign the registration form, you must attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are legally eligible to register and that the information you provide is accurate and truthful. The penalty for fraudulent registration increased recently to a fine of ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for up to five years, or both. When you register, you may choose to become a member of a political party, select a designation for a political organization which has not achieved party status in the state or choose to become an "unenrolled" voter (commonly referred to as "independent"). Remember that if you register in a party or select a political organization designation, in a primary election you only may receive a ballot for that party. Unenrolled voters may request any ballot in a primary election. You will remain on the list of voters so long as you vote regularly and complete and return the annual municipal census. If you move to another city or town, you must re-register in your new community.
The Annual Municipal Census
The Town Clerk conducts the annual census of Easton's 6,404 households and publishes the results in a printed residents' lists (commonly known as the "Street List"). The publication contains an alphabetical-numerical list of all residents seventeen and older. The Town Clerk also prepares a non-public list of persons age three and older for the School Department.