About the Position
The Town Moderator is the presiding officer of the Annual Town Meeting, Special Town Meetings, and other meetings that he or she is requested to officiate at to ensure that order is maintained.
The Moderator regulates its proceedings, decides all questions of order, declares the outcome of all votes, and has other power and duties as provided for that office by Massachusetts General Laws (see below) and town bylaws.
The Town Moderator is an elected position with a three year term. Her term expires in 2017.
Sarah Cannon Holden serves as the Town Moderator.
Massachusetts General Laws / Chapter 39: Moderators
- Powers and Duties - Section 15
- Powers of Moderator; Preservation of Order - Section 17
- Duties of Moderators; Reception of Votes - Section 18
Pre-Town Meeting Moderator's Meeting
March 22, 2017 @ 7:30 Town Offices
This is a meeting most helpful and interesting for anyone making a presentation at Town Meeting but it is open to all.
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Next Annual Town Meeting
Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 9:30 promptly!
As Town Moderator I encourage you to participate in this annual event, this opportunity to experience direct democracy and to exchange ideas with your fellow Lincoln residents. I also encourage you to bring your children so that local government becomes a part of their education and an early experience in community participation.
The Town Meetings are held in the Donaldson Auditorium at the Brooks School. When you arrive please sign in with one of the tellers who will check off your name on the voter registration list and stamp your hand. Please arrive early so we can start on time. You may sit anywhere you wish in the hall. If you are not a registered voter in Lincoln and wish to attend the Meeting, one of the tellers will direct you to an area designated for visitors. You, of course, are not permitted to vote. The Annual Town Meeting takes all day; box lunches are available for a small fee or you may bring your own; and people gather in the adjacent Reed Gym around 1:00 for lunch and conversation.