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Voting and Election Information

CHECK YOUR STATUS
CHECK VOTER PRECINCT
REGISTER TO VOTE
VOTE BY MAIL
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
EARLY VOTING IN PERSON
CURRENT SAMPLE BALLOT

                                2020 Election Dates                                       

ELECTION TYPE DATE OF ELECTION   LOCATION  ELECTION
  DAY HOURS  
DEADLINE TO
REGISTER TO VOTE
VOTE BY MAIL
APPLICATION
RECEIVED DEADLINE
State Primary Election September 1, 2020 OAHS 7 AM - 8 PM  August 22, 2020  August 26th - 5PM
Presidential Election November 3, 2020  OAHS 7 AM - 8 PM October 24, 2020 October 28th - 5PM

On July 6th the Governor signed new legislation - An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID.
                                       This legislation outlines 3 options for voting in the fall 2020 elections -
                       
Vote by Mail, Vote Early In Person or Vote on Election Day
                   
                      FALL 2020 ELECTIONS VOTER OPTIONS GUIDE

SELECTION OF BALLOT TYPES - PRIMARY ELECTION ONLY
In a primary election, a voter who is NOT registered in a political party (Unenrolled or commonly known as Independent) must specify the party ballot type of choice on the application to vote by mail or in person voting (early or on election day).  We are unable to process applications for Unenrolled / Independent voters who do not select a party ballot type on their application.  Unenrolled / Independent voters who select a party ballot type do not become registered in that party - they remain Unenrolled / Independent voters.   Voters who are registered in one of the 4 political parties (Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian) MUST take that party ballot and are not given a choice of ballot type - verify your party enrollment or change your party enrollment prior to the deadline to register to vote and before applying for a mail in ballot.

             2020 ELECTION VOTING OPTIONS SUMMARIES
                 Click headers for more detailed information

Vote by Mail
All registered voters qualify to vote by mail in the fall 2020 elections.  Application post cards will be mailed to ALL registered voters, at their mailing address, who have not already applied to receive a vote by mail ballot as follows:
  Primary   Presidential
Approximate date of post card application mailing                July 15th             
    September 14th    
      

Mailed to all voters registered by
& voters without an application already processed by 

July 1st   September 1st 
      

TRACK YOUR APPLICATION AND BALLOT
Voters who have applied for a vote by mail ballot may use this link to track the status of their application as well as their ballot status (mailed / received back).  Please note that we anticipate a large volume of applications (there are over 17,000 voters in Easton) and request you allow at least 2 weeks before checking the status of your application and allow a minimum of 10 days to receive your ballot from the status date of mailing.  Please DO NOT contact the Clerk's Office to check on your status until the recommended amount of time listed above has passed.  Inquiries should be sent to votebymail@easton.ma.us

Vote Early in Person
 Early Voting in person will be available for the fall 2020 elections.           
An application is not required to vote early in person...just show up and vote!

Early Voting in Person Periods:
  • Primary Election - August 22nd - 28th
  • Presidential Election - October 17th - 30th
Please note that no more than 5 voters will be allowed in Town Hall to vote early at all times.

Vote on Election Day
- What you need to know before you go
All Elections are held at the Oliver Ames High School Gym 
• 100 Lothrop St, North Easton MA 02356

All voters must enter from the Main Auditorium / Gym Entrance
  • Precincts 1, 2, 6 - vote in the New Gym
  • Precincts 3, 4, 5 - vote in the Old Gym
Be sure to know your precinct before arriving at the polls - www.easton.ma.us/whatsmyprecinct.pdf


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Voter Registration
In order to vote you must be registered on or before the posted deadline.
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 pre-register) - 18 years old (to vote)


Election Results
The Town Clerk's Office publishes records of all Elections in the Town of Easton. These results are located on the Town's Minutes on Demand webpage. To view the results, please click here, and then click "Town Clerk" and "Election Results" on the blue sidebar on the left.

Election Information Resources
Secretary of the Commonwealth's Election Information page
Secretary of the Commonwealth's Historical Election Data page
What is the status of my absentee ballot? (Available for Federal & State Elections Only)
Election Recount

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.

Elections Administration
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.

The Annual Municipal Census
The Town Clerk conducts the annual census of Easton's approximate 9,500 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.

Electioneering During Early and Absentee Voting
The Select Board adopted policy #92 with the following regulation for the period designated for in-person absentee voting and the State’s Early Voting Period:

No poster, card, handbill, placard, picture or circular intended to influence the action of the voter, other than those expressly authorized by G.L. c. 54, § 65, shall be posted, exhibited, circulated or distributed in the Town Clerk’s office, in the building where the Town Clerk’s office is located, on the walls thereof, on the premises on which the Town offices at 136 Elm Street stand within one hundred and fifty feet (150’) of the building entrance door to said Town offices.