Elections & Voting
The deadline to register to vote for this election is 8 PM on Wednesday October 19!
Please do not miss your chance to vote!
Early Voting Press Release for Ashland for Presidential Election 2016
We are excited to announce that all registered voters will be able vote before Election Day for the first time ever in Massachusetts. Early voting will begin on October 24th and continue through November 4th, 2016. Prior to the enactment of this new law, the only way a registered voter was allowed to vote prior to Election Day was through absentee voting. Although absentee voting will still be available for registered voters who qualify, only those who will be absent from their city or town on Election Day, or have a disability that prevents them from going to the polls, or have a religious belief preventing the same, are legally allowed to vote by absentee ballot.
Unlike absentee voting, early voting is for every registered voter. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. Regardless of whether a voter wants to take advantage of early voting, vote absentee or vote on Election Day, the first step is making sure you are registered. To check to see if you are registered to vote, and to find information on how to register to vote, you may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele. If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. All you need is a license or an I.D. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply online. To be eligible to vote in the November 8th State Election, you must register to vote or make any necessary changes to your voter registration by October 19th, 2016.
Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Ashland, early voting can be done in person at Town Hall, 101 Main St., Ashland, MA during the following dates and times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8AM-4PM, Wednesday from 8AM-7PM Friday 10/28 8AM-1PM, Friday 11/4 from 8AM-12PM. For public convenience, Ashland has also decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday October 29 from 9AM-2PM.
Also, registered voters have the option to request an early voting ballot through the mail. Simply fill out an application and mail it to Ashland Town Clerk, 101 Main Street, Ashland, MA 01721. You can find the application on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.
Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.
For the first time in Massachusetts, the first choice all voters will make is which day to vote. Early voting will make the most fundamental right of our citizens more convenient than ever to exercise. We encourage all of our citizens to exercise that right and take advantage of the opportunity to vote on their schedules.
For this Election,
the first choiceyou will make is which day to vote
You can early vote from Monday October 24
until 12 Noon Friday, November 4
ASHLAND, MA EARLY VOTING HOURS
Monday October 24 from 8AM to 4PM
Tuesday October 25 from 8AM to 4PM
Wednesday October 26 from 8AM to 7PM
Thursday October 27 from 8AM to 4PM
Friday October 28 from 8AM to 1PM
Saturday October 29 from 9AM to 2PM
Monday October 31 from 8AM to 4PM
Tuesday November 1 from 8AM to 4PM
Wednesday November 2 from 8AM to 7PM
Thursday November 3 from 8AM to 4PM
Friday November 4 from 8AM to 12PM
Ashland Town Hall
101 Main Street, Ashland, MA
Voting is now more convenient than ever and on
Questions: Please call the Town Clerk’s Office! 508-881-0100 ext. 7127; we’re here to help!
All voters now vote at:
Ashland High School
65 East Union Street
Ashland, MA 01721
The Polls will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm for voting.
2016/2017 Election/Town Meeting Dates
Click here for sample ballots for Sept Primary
Click here for sample ballot for Nov. Election
Tuesday November 8, 2016:
This oath must be given in person.
You will need to bring a valid ID to vote. You may have moved, had a name change, or forgotten to return your annual town census form and are now listed as an "inactive" voter. The only way to make the updates is with some form of ID. Personally known is not an option. It is very important to return your annual town census form that is mailed to each household.
Swearing-In of Elected Officials
If you are elected at the Annual Town Election you must be sworn-in with the Town Clerk prior to participating in any board meetings to which you have been elected to serve on. This oath must be given in person.
Resignation from Board, Committee, or Commission
Should a member of a board, committee, or commission choose to resign then they shall submit their resignation to the Town Clerk with a wet signature stating such. Emails will not be accepted. Contact the Town Clerk with any questions.
Nomination Papers 2017
Nomination papers will be available at the Town Clerk's Office on Tuesday, January 23, 2017. Nomination papers are due back to the Town Clerk no later than Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Open Elected Positions 2017 - draft Office seats available for the May 16, 2017 Annual Town Election:
- Assessor (1 seat; 3-year term)
- Board of Health (1 seat; 3-year term)
- Housing Authority (1 seat; 5-year term)
- Library Trustee (1 seat; 3-year term)
- Moderator (1 seat; 1-year)
- Planning Board (1 seat; 5-year term)
- School Committee (2 seats; 3-year terms)
- Selectman (1 seat; 3-year term)