Voting and Election Information
ELECTION DAY OF ELECTION DEADLINE TO REGISTER Town Election Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Annual Town Meeting Monday, May 15, 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017
In order to vote you must be registered:
- 20 days prior to all primaries and elections, and Annual Town Meetings
- 10 days before a Special Town Meeting.
- When a voter registration date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline falls back to previous workday.
The Town Clerk's Office publishes records of all Elections in the Town of Easton. These results are located on the Town's Minutes on Demand webpage. To view the results, please click here, and then click "Town Clerk" and "Election Results" on the blue sidebar on the left.
Campaign Finance InformationMassachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance
Statement of Organization- Candidates
Statement of Organization- Ballot Question Committee
Municpal Finance Report Form
Public Employees, Public Resources and Political Activity: Guidebook
The Town Clerk is authorized by state law and to administer elections and elections-related processes and functions. There also are three Registrars of Voters who are appointed by the Board of Selectmen, each serving a three-year term. The Registrars of Voters always must represent each of the two leading political parties. The daily administration of elections processes is managed by the Town Clerk.
General Election Duties
The Easton Town Clerk administers nomination and election processes, registers voters, conducts the annual municipal census and certifies applications and documents for veterans' bonuses. The Town Clerk also verifies residences for state colleges and universities, travel certificates and social security administration. The Town Clerk prepares and provides all statistics on elections and census, and general assistance for citizens, political parties and members of the press.
The Easton Town Clerk conducts all presidential primaries, state primaries, and state and presidential elections. The Town Clerk also conducts Town general elections. The responsibilities of the Town Clerk include: voter registration; supplying nomination papers for candidates, initiatives and referenda; certification of signatures on all nomination papers and petitions; printing ballots for Town elections; maintenance of elections equipment; recruitment of poll workers; tallying elections results; and maintaining and preserving the records of the election.
List of Voters
The Town Clerk maintains the voters roll for Easton. The Town Clerk endeavors to maintain as accurate a list as possible for use at the polls on election day. Each year, 600+ of voters are removed from the voters list because of death or a move outside of the Town, and 1,800+ of new voters are added to the list. In addition, 800+ voters change party affiliation each year.
Voter registration in Easton has never been easier than it is today. You may visit the Town Clerk's Office in Easton Town Hall and complete a voter registration form in person. Or, you may obtain a mail-in voter registration form from the Town Clerk's Office, United States Post Offices and various other locations throughout the state. Mail-in forms also may be obtained by calling the State Elections Division at (800) 462-VOTE. In addition, the state registries of motor vehicles, social service agencies and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services. Any person who is a Massachusetts resident, a United States citizen and will be eighteen years old as of the next election is eligible to register to vote. You do not need a drivers license or any other form of identification to register. However, when you sign the registration form, you must attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are legally eligible to register and that the information you provide is accurate and truthful. The penalty for fraudulent registration increased recently to a fine of ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for up to five years, or both. When you register, you may choose to become a member of a political party, select a designation for a political organization which has not achieved party status in the state or choose to become an "unenrolled" voter (commonly referred to as "independent"). Remember that if you register in a party or select a political organization designation, in a primary election you only may receive a ballot for that party. Unenrolled voters may request any ballot in a primary election. You will remain on the list of voters so long as you vote regularly and complete and return the annual municipal census. If you move to another city or town, you must re-register in your new community.
The Annual Municipal Census
The Town Clerk conducts the annual census of Easton's 6,404 households and publishes the results in a printed residents' lists (commonly known as the "Street List"). The publication contains an alphabetical-numerical list of all residents seventeen and older. The Town Clerk also prepares a non-public list of persons age three and older for the School Department.