Annual Town Meeting Re-Scheduled to June 15, 2020 and Annual Town Election Postponed to June 22, 2020

Annual Town Meeting

Due to the current COVD-19 public health emergency, on March 23, 2020, the Essex Board of Selectmen voted to reschedule the 2020 Annual Town Meeting to a new date of June 15, 2020.  The meeting will be held at Essex Elementary School, 12 Story Street at 7:30 pm.

Although the town’s bylaws set the date for Annual Town Meeting as the first Monday in May, M.G.L. Chapter 39, Section 9 authorizes the Board to hold Town Meeting at a later date than normal up to June 30, 2020, which is the end of the 2020 fiscal year.

After the Board of Selectmen voted to reschedule the annual town meeting, they then voted to sign the warrant.  You can view the warrant here:

https://www.essexma.org/sites/essexma/files/uploads/050420_atm_warrant_final.pdf

Annual Town Election

Pursuant to Governor Baker’s Executive Order 591, Declaration of a State of Emergency to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19, and upon passing into law Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020, which grants municipalities the authority to postpone municipal elections up to June 30, 2020, the Board of Selectmen voted on March 23, 2020 to postpone the Annual Town Election from May 11, 2020 to June 22, 2020. The election will be held at the Essex Memorial Fire Station, 24 Martin Street. Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

You can view Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 here: https://www.essexma.org/sites/essexma/files/uploads/chapter_45_of_the_acts_of_2020.pdf

The Act also allows for increasing voting options by mail for this election; namely by absentee ballot for any person taking precautions related to the COVID-19 emergency and by early ballot for any reason. 

The deadline to obtain and return Nomination Papers to run for office was March 19 and March 23, respectively.  The following offices will be on the ballot and the following candidates have been certified by the Board of Registrars for each office:

OFFICE                                                                  CANDIDATE(S)

One Assessor for three years                                      Steve A. Poulos

One Moderator for one year                                       Jeffrey David Jones

One Selectman for three years                                    Guy D. Bradford and Peter Hoare

One Board of Health member for three years             David Marks Driscoll

Two Constables for one year                                      Robert P. Bradley and William J.S. Knovak

One School Committee member for three years        Theresa L. Whitman

One Board of Library Trustee for three years            Diane E, Kotch

One Planning Board member for five years               Lisa J. O’Donnell

The deadline to object or withdraw for any candidate is April 8, 2020 after which ballots will be printed and available. If you wish to vote by mail, you must submit an application or any form of written communication requesting a ballot as long as it contains your actual signature or a scan of your signature.

Absentee and Early Ballot Applications can be downloaded from the MA Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website, the Town Clerk’s page on the Town of Essex website, www.essexma.org  or mailed to you by request to the Essex Town Clerk.

Absentee Ballot Application: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absentee/English-Absentee-Ballot-Application.pdf

Early Ballot Application: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Municipal-Early-Ballot-Application.pdf

The deadline to register to vote for the June 22, 2020 election is Friday, June 12.  The Board of Registrars will hold a registration session at Town Hall on June 12th from 2pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 8pm.  Click here to download a mail-in voter registration form, register to vote on-line or check your voter status: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm.

Please contact Pamela Thorne, Town Clerk and Chief Election Officer if you have any questions.