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Voter Registration in Massachusetts

To vote in Massachusetts, one must register with the local election official in the city or town of your primary residence. You must meet these minimum requirements to register to vote:

• Be a citizen of the United States 
• Be a resident of Massachusetts
• Be 18 years old
• Not have been convicted of corrupt practices in respect to elections
• Not be under guardianship with respect to voting
Registration Deadline: 20 days before the election or Town Meeting (10 days before a Special Town Meeting).

There are several ways to register to vote:

In person: Voter registration forms are available at the Town Clerk’s office. A downloadable Voter Registration form is available at the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s web site http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm. The Voter Registration form may be printed, completed and returned to your local election official. Please return this form to the Groton Town Clerk. 

Registering Online (effective August, 2015): The process can be completed at www.registertovotema.com.  In addition, in order to register to vote online, you must have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. If you currently have a Massachusetts driver's license or state ID card, you may use the online voter registration application to register, update your address, or change your party affiliation. Voter registration forms submitted online must be submitted by midnight on the date of the voter registration deadline.

By Mail: If you do not qualify to register to vote online, or if you would prefer to register by mail, you may download the voter registration form by using the link provided in the box to the right. The form must be completed, signed, and delivered to your local election official. Voter registration forms submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the voter registration deadline.

Registry of Motor Vehicles: You can register to vote or update your voter registration information when you apply for, renew, or request a duplicate driver's license and have filled out the appropriate "Voter Registration" section of the form. Transactions conducted on the RMV website http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/info/voter.htm will not affect your voter registration. If you simply change your address and do not request a duplicate license or submit a renewal in an RMV branch office, your voter registration will not be changed.  

Voter registration needs to be completed only once, as long as you maintain the same address. If you move (even within the same town), change your name or wish to change party affiliation, a new voter registration is required.  It’s important to note that each election and town meeting has a voter registration deadline of 20 days before the event.

The Secretary of the Commonwealth's website is an excellent resource for voting information:
Elections Division: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm
Registering to Vote: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm

If you have any specific questions, please contact the Groton Town Clerk’s office at 978-448-1100 or email us at townclerk@townofgroton.org.
Early Voting for Massachusetts elections is newly enabled in a statute passed in 2015.

The Secretary of the Commonwealth will develop regulations for conducting Early Voting. Here’s what we know so far:

Early voting will be available for Massachusetts State and Federal Elections only. It will not be available for primary elections nor town elections.
• When available, Early Voting will be conducted for 10 days before the election date. 
• Early Voting will be conducted in a site or sites determined by the local election official. In Groton, the Town Clerk will likely designate the Town Clerk’s Office as the Early Voting site.
• Early Voting will be available during the normal business hours of the Town Clerk. 
• The first election with Early Voting will be November, 2016.

Please check this web site or with the Town Clerk for further information about Early Voting.

townclerk@townofgroton.org
978-448-1100
Absentee Voting in Massachusetts

Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:
  • will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
  • have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place, and/or
  • cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.
Absentee voting is available for all elections. The process for absentee voting is:
  • Apply for an absentee ballot. Absentee ballot applications are available at the Town Clerk’s office and are also downloadable at the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howabs.htm
  • Complete the form and forward it to the Town Clerk’s office.
  • An Absentee Ballot will be mailed to you at the address you indicate.
  • Return the absentee ballot by election day.
Alternatively, you may compete the application and vote in person at the Clerk's Office before election day. The last day and hour to request an absentee ballot is noon on the day before the election.

The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website is an excellent resource for voting information:

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/

If you have any specific questions, please contact the Groton Town Clerk’s office at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org.

Permanent Absentee Voters

If you qualify to submit for a permanent absentee ballot application, please remember that you must reapply each year. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office for assistance.

Election Rules

The Groton Town Clerk would like to remind the public (especially those who campaign), of Groton's policy regarding signage at the polls and the 150 foot rule. Precincts 2 and 3 are housed at the Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School North School District located at 346 Main Street. Precinct 1 is housed at the Senior Center located at 163 West Main Street in West Groton. All candidates and supporters must abide by the sign policy adopted by the Board of Selectmen. There are no unattended signs allowed at the polling locations. Attended signs however, are allowed at the polling location outside the 150 foot radius. "Attended" constitutes a person is holding or standing immediately adjacent to a sign.

As an additional reminder, candidates and their workers must abide by MGL 54:65, more commonly known as the 150 foot rule. At the polling sites on Election Day, we will have signs marking the radius of 150 foot from the entrances to the polling places. All candidates and campaign workers must remain outside the 150 foot mark if they are campaigning in any way. No stickers, signs, badges, or other campaign paraphernalia will be allowed beyond this point. There is no oral campaigning within this 150 foot area.

If you have any questions regarding election day procedures, please feel free to contact the Clerk’s office at 978-448-1100.

Polling Locations

The polling locations for Precincts 2 and 3 has been changed, effective with the May 20, 2014 elections. These precincts formerly voted at the Middle School and then the Prescott School building, but will now vote at the Groton Country Club, 94 Lovers Lane (across from the Post Office).  Precinct 1 will continue to vote at the Groton Senior Center at 163 West Main St.

If you have a question about your voting precinct, please contact the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org.

Click here to view the precinct map.

Click here for street precinct assignments.


Town Elections
  • Annual Town Election 
    • The Annual Town Election will be held Tuesday, May 17th, 2016. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
    • Polling locations:
      • Precinct 1: Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St.
      • Precincts 2 and 3: Groton Country Club, 94 Lovers Lane
    • The last day and hour to request an absentee ballot is Monday, May 16th, 2016 at 12:00 Noon. Please allow time for mailing or be prepared to vote in the Town Clerk’s office.
    • A sample ballot for this election can be found here.
    • The Town Meeting and Election Calendar is available here.
Candidates running for slots on Groton's Boards and Committees can be seen on this page.

Please contact the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100 or
townclerk@townofgroton.org if you would like further information.

State Elections

The scheduled state elections for 2016 are:

Presidential Preference Primary

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016     Voter Registration deadline:     February 10th, 2016   8:00 PM

Absentee Ballots for the Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office.  Monday, February 29th at Noon is the last day and hour to request an absentee ballot. All Absentee Ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by election day in order to be counted.

The last day for new voters to register for the Presidential Preference Primary is Wednesday, February 10th at 8:00 PM.

The rules have changed! There are four political parties in Massachusetts. When you receive your town census, the census form will indicate the party in which you are currently enrolled. If you are enrolled in one of these political parties, you will find the following letter codes next to your name in the column marked “PARTY”. You will be eligible to vote in that Party’s primary.

D – Democratic Party  R – Republican Party
J -   Green-Rainbow Party 
CC – United Independent Party

Voters who are not enrolled in a party
(commonly known as “Independent”) will be listed with the party code “U”  (for “Unenrolled”) in the PARTY column. Voters enrolled in Political Designations will be listed with other letter codes. These voters will have a choice of party’s primary ballot for voting.

Check with the Town Clerk if you are not sure of your party enrollment
. If you wish to change your party enrollment for the Presidential Primary, you must do so on or before February 10th, 2016. You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person, by mail, or online at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.  You are eligible to vote in an election if you will turn 18 by election day, but you must register by the deadline.

Sample ballots for the March 1st Primary can be viewed here:

Democratic Party
Green-Rainbow Party
Republican Party
United Independent Party

State Primary      

Thursday, Sept 8th, 2016     Voter registration deadline:      August 19th, 2016

Presidential Election

Tuesday, Nov 8th, 2016        Voter Registration deadline:     October 19th, 2016

If you have any specific questions on Early Voting, please contact the Clerk’s office at 978-448-1100 or email us at townclerk@townofgroton.org.

Town Meeting
Groton holds two annual town meetings each year. Groton’s Spring Annual Town Meeting is held on the last Monday in April. Groton’s Fall Annual Town Meeting is held on the third Monday in October.

In 2016, these meetings will be held beginning

Monday April 25th, 2016
Monday October 17th, 2016

Meetings are held at the Groton-Dunstable Middle School Performing Arts Center, 344 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450. 

The voter registration deadline for new voters for Town Meeting is 8:00 PM 20 days before the meeting
            
For the most current town meeting information, including the warrant, and past meeting minutes, please visit here.

Please contact the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org if you have further questions.

Where Do I Vote?

If you do not know your voting location, you can call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-448-1100 or email at townclerk@townofgroton.org.

You can also check your polling location at this link provided by the Massachusetts Secretary of State:
http://wheredoivotema.com/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx.

Please call the Town Clerk at the number listed above if you want to check your voter registration status.
The Town of Groton has purchased new voting tabulators, replacing the 25 year old machines. The new tabulators are called ImageCast ICP. They are sold and serviced by LHS Associates based in Salem NH. You will first see these machines at the polls with the March 1, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary.

The ImageCast tabulator performs the function of “reading” the cast vote on a ballot and depositing the ballot into the appropriate bin in the ballot box. One difference voters will see starts with the physical ballot. Instead of “connecting the arrow” to indicate a vote, the voter will now “fill in the oval”. This updated machine is more electronic than mechanical, so the voter will notice some difference in depositing the ballot.

A product brochure on the ImageCast is available here.


Tabulator Video Tutorial