Elections

Elections

VOTE411For local (Wellesley) elections, you can learn everything you need to vote by going to Vote411.org. After entering your address, you will learn the specifics about how to vote (election date, how to get a mail-in ballot, the location of your polling place) and you can also read about the candidates and ballot questions, if applicable. Your personalize voting guide will help you:

  1. see everything that will be on your ballot;
  2. compare candidates' positions side-by-side;
  3. print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.

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Serving in Wellesley Town Government

Wellesley's Town Government relies heavily on volunteers --- those who are recruited, those who are recommended, and those who offer their own services. The appointment of members to various special committees and boards is the responsibility of the Town Moderator and several elected boards. The LWV Wellesley has helped the town develop a form to help those making appointments identify individuals who are willing to serve. Besides the committees listed on the form, there are numerous other opportunities and this form will help in making appointments to those as well. To help residents and prospective candidates and appointees understand Wellesley government, the LWV Wellesley has published a very useful PDF iconTown Government Handbook.

Town Elections

Wellesley Town Election: RESCHEDULED TO Saturday, June 13, 2020 (8 am to noon at Webster Athletic Center, Babson College)
 
Each year the Town of Wellesley elects residents to open positions on all the townwide boards: Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Board of Public Works, Board of Selectmen, Housing Authority, Library Trustees, Natural Resources Commission, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, School Committee, as well as Town Meeting Moderator. Town Meeting Members are also elected at this time. A non-binding citizen-led referendum question asking voters to recommend a six or seven elementary school model to the School Committee is also on the ballot. The Wellesley LWV has put together a PDF iconCandidate Handbook for candidates interested in running for town-wide office. Information about running for town elections can also be found on the Town Clerk's website


State and Federal Elections

Primary Election: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (register to vote by August 22, 2020)
General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (register to vote by October 24, 2020)

As a result of newly-passed legislation in MA, all residents are now eligible to vote by mail as well as in person. No excuse is required. In-person early voting for the state primary will be held on August 22-28 and for the state election will be held on October 17-30. Read more on the Wellesley Town Clerk's webpage.

All 435 voting seats in the United States House of Representatives, all 160 Massachusetts House seats and all 40 Massachusetts Senate seats and will be up for election in 2020 as well as the presidency of the US. One US Senate seat will also be up for election. In addition, there may be ballot questions for voters to consider.

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name? Do you need an absentee ballot?

To find out how to register to vote, visit the website for the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Though you must be 18 years old in order to vote, you may pre-register to vote once you are 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may submit a voter registration form to your local election official, who will then place your name on the list of pre-registrants. You will receive a pre-registration notice by mail, confirming receipt of your application. Pre-registration may be done online, by mail, or in person at any voter registration location (see above).

Guide to Massachusetts Election Reforms

The state LWV has developed a two page voting guide Revised 2016 Voting in Massachusetts. This easy reference outlines the timetable for the reforms enacted as part of the 2014 Election Modernization Law: online voter registration, early voting, and pre-registration of teens, as well as the impact of each on our local leagues.