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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.

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. Please note that there is no online voter registration in Massachusetts. The Voter Registration form may be printed, completed and returned to your local election official. Please return this form to the Groton Town Clerk. 

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:

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.

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.
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 an 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.

The polling locations for Precincts 2 and 3 has been changed, effective with the April 30, 2013 elections. These precincts formerly voted at the Middle School, but will now vote at the Prescott School building, 145 Main St.  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

  • Special Town Election April 1st, 2014   |   Updated 4/1/14: Election Results

*Absentee Ballots for the April 1st Special Town Election are available. The last day to request an absentee ballot will be March 31st at 12:00 Noon. Please see the Absentee Voting tab above or contact the Town Clerk’s Office for information on obtaining an absentee ballot. A specimen ballot can be viewed here*

The Selectmen of Groton have called for a Special Town Election to be held on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014. The ballot will contain one question, asking voters to “exclude” bond payments for the new fire station from the limits of Proposition 2½ .The money to pay for the fire station is currently paid from the Town’s operating budget. If the fire station debt is “excluded” from the operating budget and paid via the debt exclusion override, that money within the budget will be used to fund a portion of the regional school district budget. The fire station debt is approximately $448,000 per year. The question on the ballot is:

“Shall the Town of Groton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to construct the new Center Fire Station on Farmers Row?

Yes _____           No _____"

A Yes vote will exclude the debt and free up operating budget money to be allocated to the school budget. This will raise property taxes by $.29 (cents) per thousand of valuation

A No vote will not exclude the debt. The debt and school assessment will need to be paid from the operating budget. This will not raise property taxes. This will necessitate further cuts to the town budget.

Further information about this Debt Exclusion Proposition 2 ½ Override and overrides in general can be found at here.


The purpose of this special election for the debt exclusion question is to ask the voters if money from the Town’s operating budget should be excluded from Proposition 2½. The purpose of this request is partially funding the Regional School District’s budget. A further discussion of this topic can be found here. Information about Proposition 2 ½ can be found at www.mass.gov. In particular, this primer may be very helpful in understanding some of Proposition 2½’s mechanisms.

The Voter Registration deadline for new voters for this special election is Wednesday, March 12th at 8:00 PM. Voters may register by mail, using a Mail-in Voter Registration form, or in person at the Office of the Town Clerk. For more information, or to check your voter status, please contact the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org

Groton’s Annual Town Election, at which town officers will be elected, will be held on May 20th, as previously scheduled. Groton’s Spring Annual Town Meeting will be held April 28th.

  • Annual Town Election May 20th, 2014
  • The Annual Town Election will be held Tuesday, May 20th, 2014.
  • Nomination Papers for elected town offices are available Monday, February 3rd through March 28th, 2014 at the Office of the Town Clerk. 
  • The Town Meeting and Election Calendar is available here.

Call for Nominations

The nomination process is simple. If you’ve thought about applying your skills or pursuing an interest serving in an elected capacity, now is the time!  Almost all offices have expiring terms. Nomination Papers for elected town offices are available Monday, February 3rd through March 28th, 2014 at the Office of the Town Clerk. A complete list of open seats is available here.

The voter registration deadline for the Town Election and the Spring Town Meeting  is April 8th, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Documents containing the final list of candidates and the sample ballot will be made available here as we approach the election season.

You may contact the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org for further information.

The scheduled state elections for 2014 are:
State Primary      Sept 9, 2104    (Voter registration deadline: August 20, 2014)
General Election   Nov 4, 2014     (Voter registration deadline: October 15, 2014)

The General Election will feature voting for Governor and U.S. Senator.

More details will be published as they become available. Contact the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org for further information.
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.

The voter registration deadline for new voters for Town Meeting  is 8:00 PM 20 days before the meeting
            
For background and procedural information about the Groton Open Town Meeting, please visit this page.

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

Election Information & Results