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Annual Town Election postponed until June 27, 2020


Town of Easton

Postponement of Annual Town Election

to June 27, 2020

ELECTION Postponed
Election Date* 
Election Hours*  Deadline to
Register to vote 
Application to
Vote by Mail 
  Sample Ballots     
Special State
    Precinct 6 Only     
Tues, June 2nd  7AM - 8PM
Town Offices 
Friday, May 22nd  Special State
Election Application
 
Sample
Annual Town
Election 
Sat, June 27th  10AM - 4PM
OAHS - Gym 
Wed, June 17th  Annual Town
Election Application 
Sample 



In response to the implications on election administration due to COVID-19, the governor, on March 23, 2020, signed into law Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 “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.”  A copy of that law can be viewed here.

The Town of Easton’s Annual Town Election was scheduled, in accordance with Chapter 44-2 of the Town of Easton bylaws, for April 28, 2020.  At its posted meeting on April 3, 2020 the Select Board voted to exercise its rights under Chapter 45 Acts of 2020 and postponed the Town Election to Saturday, June 27th.  The Select Board also voted to hold election day hours at OAHS from 10AM – 4PM, and in order to keep voters and election officials safe, to to advise voters of the ability to take advantage of the early voting by mail option that was also created by this emergency law.

The law requires the Town to post public notice of the postponed election and rescheduled election date on its website and to broadly publicize the postponement and rescheduling.  Easton is posting this notice on the website and will provide additional notice through the Town Crier, social media platforms, local cable channel and issuing this press release to local news media.

The law establishes a new voter registration deadline on the 10th day before the rescheduled election.  The rescheduled election date is June 27, 2020, therefore, the 10th day before the rescheduled election is Wednesday, June 17, 2020.  Use these links to check to see if you are a registered voter and your precinct # or to Register to vote online.

The law authorizes the Town to reuse election materials.  The Town will be using the official and absentee ballots that are marked with the original April 28, 2020 election date on them for all voting (absentee and early voting).  As required by the law a sample ballot is also available on the website under Department / Town Clerk / Elections Information.

In light of widespread practice of social distancing, the law provides for two alternatives to voting in person:

  • First, any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 qualify to vote absentee   
  • Second, the law provides for early voting by mail – no excuse voting by mail

Qualified voters (click here to check if you are a registered voter) that may be interested in voting in the annual town election are encouraged to vote by mail and to apply for their ballot early - Application to vote by mail for Annual Town Election.  The Clerk’s Office is recommending emailing a scanned copy or a picture of your application to townclerksoffice@easton.ma.us and allow for at least one week to receive your ballot. Due to COVID-19 – election dates and times may still change – all requested absentee ballots will be processed and counted for the new date automatically – you will not need to reapply. 

 

Although the deadline to apply to receive an absentee or early voting by mail ballot must be received by the Town Clerk before noon on the last business day before the election, Friday, June 26th, voters are reminded that should the town offices still be closed to the public voting by mail is the only option.  In an effort to ensure voters ballots will be counted at the polls, the Town Clerks Office is encouraging voters to apply for their ballot to mailed to them before Friday, June 12th.Click here for more information on the vote by mail option.

In order to be counted, completed absentee & early voted ballots must be received at the Town Offices (via mail or outside drop box at 136 Elm St) before the polls close on election day.  They cannot be accepted at the polls on Election Day.

The law does NOT make any other changes to elections or the election process. It does NOT, for example, change the candidate deadline dates. 


Click here for information on how to access for ALL TOWN CLERK OFFICE SERVICES while the Town Offices are closed.