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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.

Early Voting will be available for the November 8, 2016  Presidential Election. The Early Voting Period will run from October 24 to November 4. The Early Voting Location will be Town Hall, 173 Main Street.

Early Voting hours in Groton during the period will be

Mondays and Thursdays 8 AM to 7 PM
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8 AM to 4 PM
Fridays 8 AM to 1 PM
Saturday (October 29) 9 AM to 1 PM

Early Voting is available to any registered voter. There is no criteria for Early Voting. Early Voting may be done in person or by mail. Please complete this application and a ballot will be mailed to you after the Early Voting period has begun. Early ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by November 8.

For more information about Early Voting, please contact the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org, or visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/evidx.htm

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 Country Club, 94 Lovers Lane (across from the Post Office). 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.

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.

Click here to check where you vote    

Click here to view your voter registration

The Groton Board of Selectmen have called for a Special Town Election to be held on Thursday, June 30th, 2016. The ballot will consist of one Proposition 2½ override question:

QUESTION 1:     Shall the Town of Groton be allowed to assess an additional $812,013 in 
real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding the Town’s Annual
Operating Budget, including the Town’s share of the cost of operating the Groton-Dunstable
Regional School District for the fiscal year beginning July first two thousand sixteen?  

Yes____ No ____



The polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  Precinct 1 will vote at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main Street, Precincts 2 and 3 will vote at the Groton Country Club, 94 Lovers Lane (across from the Post Office). 

The voter registration deadline for new voters is Friday, June 10th at 8:00 PM. Absentee Ballots will be available for this special election. Applications for absentee ballots may be made now. The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot is 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, June 29th.

The second adjourned session of Town Meeting will be held on Monday, June 13 at the Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School Performing Arts Center, 344 Main Street, starting at 7:00 PM. Budget Articles 4 & 5 will be discussed.

Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org or visit www.townofgroton.org  if you would like more information.

State Elections

Presidential Election

The presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. Polls will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM.  The polling locations are:

            Precinct 1         Groton Senior Center   163 West Main Street (Route 225)

            Precinct 2         Groton Country Club     94 Lovers Lane (opposite Post Office)

            Precinct 3         Groton Country Club     94 Lovers Lane (opposite Post Office)

To find where you vote, check http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx

The Voter Registration deadline for the election is 8:00 PM on October 19th, 2016. New voters and voters who have moved (even within Groton) must register to vote. Registering can be done in person at the Town Clerk’s office, with a Mail-In Voter Registration form or by visiting www.registertovoteMA.com. Use https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx to check your voter registration.

Absentee ballots may be used by voters who are absent form Groton on election day, ill or disabled or have a religious belief preventing voting at the polls. An Absentee Ballot Application must be filed with the Town Clerk. This may be done at any time.  Absentee ballot applications can be submitted at any time. Once ballots are available, it will be mailed to your address of choice. Absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by November 8.

Early Voting will be available for this election. The early Voting period will be from October 24 to November 4, 2016. Early Voting will take place at Town Hall during Town Clerk business hours. Early Voting hours during the period will be

            Mondays and Thursdays           8 AM to 7 PM

            Tuesdays and Wednesdays      8 AM to 4 PM

            Fridays                                     8 AM to 1 PM

            Saturday (October 29)              9 AM to 1 PM

Early Voting is available to any registered voter. There is no criteria for Early Voting. Early Voting may be done by mail. Please complete this application and a ballot will be mailed to you after the Early Voting period has begun. Early ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by November 8.

The ballot includes voting for President, Representative in Congress, Representative in General Court (State), Senator in General Court (State), Councilor and Sheriff of Middlesex County. In addition to these offices, there are 4 statewide  questions on the ballot. A sample ballot can be viewed here.  This link offers explanations for these ballot questions:  http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele16/ballot_questions_16/offices.htm

 

If you have any specific questions on your voter registration, absentee ballots, Early Voting or any other voting related question, please contact the Clerk’s office at 978-448-1100 or 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