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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). Please check www.townofgroton.org  or the appropriate elections tab on this web page for current voter registration deadlines. 

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 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 enabled in a statute passed in 2015. 

Early Voting will be available for the November 6, 2018 State Election. Early Voting will take place at: 
Groton Town Hall 
173 Main Street 
Groton, MA 01450 

Early Voting will occur from Monday, October 22 to Friday, November 2, 2018. Early Voting hours will be 
            Mondays          8 AM to 7 PM 
            Tuesdays          8 AM to 4 PM 
            Wednesdays    8 AM to 4 PM 
            Thursdays       8 AM to 7 PM 
            Fridays           8 AM to 1 PM 
            Saturday, October 27   9 AM to 1 PM 

For more information about Early Voting, please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions, or 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 

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. 
Please check www.townofgroton.org or the appropriate elections tab on this web page for absentee ballot availability. 

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<mailto:townclerk@townofgroton.org>. 
-  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 re-apply 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 is the Groton Country Club, effective with the May 20, 2014 election. 
EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 4, 2018, Precinct 1 will vote at the Groton Town Hall, 173 Main Street. 
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 2018 Groton Annual Town Election will be held May 22. 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). 
*         To find your Precinct and Voting Location: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx 
*         To find out if you are registered to vote: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx 
The voter registration deadline for new voters is Tuesday, April 10 at 8:00 PM. Any new voters wishing to vote in the Annual Town Election or the April 30, 2017 Spring Town Meeting must register by this deadline. 
*    Sample Ballot - The preliminary town election ballot can be viewed HERE. It is a two-sided ballot. There are no contested races. There is one proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion override question to fund a new senior center on this ballot.   There are also eight non-binding questions related to recreational marijuana. 
*    Ballot Question Information Book - for an in-depth description of the binding and non-binding ballot questions, see HERE 
*   Absentee Ballots will be available for the Annual Town Election. Applications for absentee ballots may be made at any time. The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot is 12:00 Noon on Monday, May 21. 
Please note that Early Voting is not in effect for local town elections. Early voting will next be in effect for the 2018 State Election. 

Please contact the Town Clerk's office at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org<mailto:townclerk@townofgroton.org> or visit www.townofgroton.org<http://www.townofgroton.org/> if you would like more information.

The State General Election is scheduled for November 6, 2018. This election includes voting for Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress, the Office of the Governor, State Senator, State Representative, other District Offices and state-wide ballot questions. 

The Early Voting period for the November 6 State Election from October 22 through November 2, 2018. For additional information about Early Voting for this election, please see these Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the Town Clerk's Office at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org

The Voter Registration Deadline for the November 6, 2018 State Election is October 17 at 8:00PM. Register online or check your voter status HERE

Absentee Ballots applications are available through the Town Clerk's Office. Please complete the absentee ballot application form and submit it to the Clerk's Office. You may vote in person or by mail. 

A Sample Ballot is available HERE.

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 typically held on the last Monday in April. Groton's Fall Annual Town Meeting is typically held on the third Monday in October. 

The Fall 2018 Town Meeting, however, will be held beginning Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM. 

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. The Voter Registration Deadline is September 11, 2018 at 8:00PM for the Annual Meeting. The Special Town, also to be held on October 1, deadline is September 21 at 8:00 PM. 

For the most current town meeting information, including the warrant, and past meeting minutes, please visit here<http://www.townofgroton.org/Town/TownMeeting.aspx>. 

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