Annual Town Meeting March 29 Election Information
Information for the March 29, Annual Town Election
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, voting by mail is encouraged for the Election. However, if you wish to vote in person you can always vote by coming to the polls . The polls will be open from 7:30 am to 8 pm at the Smith School Gym on Ballfield Road. If you decide to come to the polls, we ask that you follow the safety protocols below.
- Wear a Face Covering
- Maintain Social Distancing – keep 6 feet away from anyone not from your household
- Keep your ballot dry and free from hand sanitizers – do not use hand sanitizer while handling your ballot and be sure that your voting booth is dry, as sanitizer will cause issues and tabulator breakdowns
Health and safety measures have been taken to ensure that anyone who comes to the polls is as safe as possible. The measures are listed below.
- Voting booths will be sanitized between voters
- Unused / sanitized pens will be provided to those who need to borrow one
- Hand sanitizer will be provided at the exit
The sample ballot for the November 3rd Election is available here.
Voting by Mail
Vote by Mail
Due to legislation changes, Voting by Mail is now permissible for elections through June 2021. The application is available here: Vote by Mail application. The Secretary of the Commonwealth has mailed a Vote by Mail application form to registered voters. You can call our office If you have already submitted a Vote by Mail application and would like to confirm we have it on file. A physical signature is required to complete the application; the form can be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office at 16 Lincoln Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773, or a scanned or photographed copy may be emailed to the Town Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote by Mail applications for the March 29th Election may be submitted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23rd. Once requested, a ballot will be mailed to you. Vote by Mail ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by Election Day March 29th by the close of polls.
Voting by Mail allows the Town Clerk’s Office to mail ballots to residents to complete at home, rather than over the counter or at the polls on election day.
In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts, normally a voter must be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to:
- Absence from town during normal polling hours
- Physical disability preventing attendance at the polling place, or
- Religious belief.
However, due to COVID-19, Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 permits any registered voter staying in their home or avoiding their polling place as a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19 to be eligible to request an Absentee Ballot. The application is available here: Absentee Ballot Application.
The return envelopes have prepaid postage and can be returned through the mail. You can also return your ballots using the black drop box located at the Town Offices. In the back of the Town Office Building at 16 Lincoln Road and is checked frequently throughout the day.
If you feel comfortable, you may also return your ballot directly to us at the Town Clerk's Office during business hours.