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10.16.18 Town Meeting and 11.06.18 Election Information
Essex VOTES in 2018!
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2018 FALL TOWN MEETING AND ELECTION CALENDAR
DATE
Last Day to Publish Warrant for October 16, 2018 Fall Town Meeting
October 2, 2018
Last Day to Register to Vote for October 16, 2018 Fall Town Meeting
October 5, 2018 (8pm)
Fall Town Meeting – Essex Elementary School 7:30 PM
October 16, 2018
Last Day to Register to Vote for November 6, 2018 State and Local Election
October 17, 2018   (8pm)
Early Voting Begins for November 6th State and Local Election
October 22, 2018 (7:30am)
Early Voting Ends
November 2, 2018 (8 pm)
Last Day to apply for Absentee Ballot for State Election
November 5 (12 Noon)
State and Local Election (Dual Election – 2 Ballots) - 7AM to 8PM Fire Station
November 6, 2018


October 16, 2018: Special Town Meeting – @ Essex Elementary School 7:30 pm.
The deadline to register to vote in order to participate in this event is 10/5/2018.

The Manchester Essex Regional School District is hosting community meetings to discuss the warrant article about funding the construction of a new elementary school.  Please visit the District's website for background information and FQA's: https://www.mersd.org/domain/767.

November 6, 2018:  DUAL State & Special Town Election – @ Memorial Fire Station , 7am-8pm.
The deadline to register to vote in order to participate in this event is 10/17/2018.*

Early Voting for the State and Local Special Election will be available at Town Hall during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 3:30 pm)  from Oct. 22-Nov 2nd as well as expanded hours as follows:  Saturday October 27 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Friday November 2 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
You do not need to submit an application - just come and vote!!

Absentee Voting for the State and Local Special Election is available to voters who will not be physically present in Town on Election Day, have a physical disability or a religious belief which prevents them from getting to the polls on November 6th. You may absentee vote in person at Town Hall during normal business hours as soon as we get the  ballots (anticipated by October 11th) or you can apply by mail for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. To download an Absentee Ballot application and check other general voting questions, go to the link at the top of this page.

*Affidavits of Voter registration must be received in office, postmarked or submitted online on or before the above deadline dates. The Town Clerk's Office will be open on 10/5 from 9am-8pm and on 10/17 from 7:30am-8pm  to accept in person voter registration affidavits. If you are unsure of how you are registered please check via the above link. 

Why must we vote in person at Town Meeting? 
As the Special Town Meeting scheduled for October 16th  approaches, we’ve received a number of questions from residents about voting, in particular whether it is possible to vote by absentee ballot or by proxy. Under state law, neither is permitted.
Town meetings are governed by Chapter 39 of the Massachusetts General Laws. The statute requires that voters be present at the meeting to hear the debate and exercise their right to vote. Historically, in colonial times attendance at town meeting was mandatory, and those who were absent or arrived late could be fined. As a practical matter, absentee ballots at town meeting could not be effective as they are for elections. In an election, the candidates and any referendum questions are known well in advance of the date. At a town meeting, on the other hand, no one can predict with certainty what motions or amendments may be proposed on town meeting floor. It would be impossible to anticipate the questions to be decided in preparing an absentee ballot.
While we understand the frustration of residents whose travel plans or other circumstances may prevent their attending on October 16th, the Town has no choice but to follow the requirements of state law.


 
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