Annual Town Election: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Published June 10, 2020 | Town Clerk | Updated June 24, 2020 | Automatically Archived on 7/1/2020

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On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the Board of Selectmen voted to hold the Annual Town Election on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Originally scheduled for Monday, March 30, the Election was postponed after the Board of Selectmen voted to request emergency legislation, seeking authorization to delay and reschedule the Annual Town Election, as a safety measure responsive to COVID-19.

Voters are encouraged to VOTE BY MAIL as a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19.

 

                       

 

Election Day

What do I need to know if going to vote in person at the polls on Election day?

 The Polls will be open Tuesday, June 23 from 12 pm to 8 pm.

  • Do NOT go to the POLLS if you are sick or have been exposed to the virus leading up to Election Day – Call 978-639-3351 for voting options from home
  • Know your Precinct #: Click the hyperlink to Find my Precinct
  • Wear a Face Covering
  • Bring a Pen Blue or Black ink – sharpie or Paper Mate Flair recommended (machines will not read red / highlighters; Pencil / crayons cause issues with tabulator breakdowns)
  • Bring an ID – in some cases voters will be required to show an ID.  That ID can be anything (license, a bill, email) but the voter name and address must match how you are registered.
  • Refrain from touching your face while at the polling location
  • Maintain Social Distancing – keep 6’ away from anyone not from your household
  • Keep your ballot dry and free from hand sanitizers!  Do not use hand sanitizer while handling your ballot and be sure your voting booth is dry as it will cause issues tabulator breakdowns

Our commitment to keep voters safe:

  • Voting Booths will be cleaned throughout the day
  • Unused / sanitized pens will be provided to those who need one
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the exit

 

Voter Registration

Click here to check your voter registration status

If you are not currently registered to vote in Sudbury, Friday, June 12th is the deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election.

Persons who are United States Citizens, residents of Massachusetts, and who will be at least 18 years old on or before March 30 are eligible to register. Those meeting these qualifications who have a Massachusetts Driver’s License can submit their registration online at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. Mail in registrations must be postmarked on or before the deadline.

Click here for additional information on Voter Registration.

 

Election Ballot

View the Specimen Ballot for the 2020 Annual Town Election here or click the image below.

 

View the Election Warrant here.

 

Absentee Ballots & Early Voting

UPDATED 6/11/2020

A new law has been passed clarifying that any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 in response to a declared state of emergency or from guidance from a medical professional, local or state health official, or any civil authority shall be deemed to be unable by reason of physical disability to cast their vote in person at a polling location.

It is the opinion of this office that you qualify for an absentee ballot due to physical disability if:

  • You are ill;
  • You are confined to your home because you may transmit infection; or
  • You cannot leave your home because you are a member of a population vulnerable to illness;
  • You are staying in your home or avoiding your polling place as a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19.

The law has also been updated to allow early voting by mail for any election held on or before June 30th. Early voting by mail is similar to absentee voting, but unlike absentee voting, no excuse is required.

We encourage all who are not able to go to the polls to submit an ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION. You can also request a 2020-Municipal-EARLY BALLOT APPLICATION. Early Voting will be available by mail only. There is no in-person Early Voting for the Annual Town Election. Completed applications  may be emailed to [email protected], or mailed to: Sudbury Town Clerk, 322 Concord Rd., Sudbury MA. 01776.   Applications must be received by the Town Clerk’s Office by noon on Monday, June 22.

If you are planning to vote by mail, apply early and allow ample time for mailing-   The full process will take more than one week to accomplish It could take up to a week to receive your ballot due to reduced staffing and mailing time and it could take up to  a week for it to be  mailed back.  Ballots must be returned to the Town Offices (not polling locations) by the close of polls on June 23rd to be counted.  A lock box is available 24/7 at the Town Clerks office, 322 Concord Road. 

The new law also authorizes the Town to use the same ballots that were printed for the March 30th  Annual Town Election for the postponed election. This includes absentee ballots which have already been mailed to voters.  All completed ballots received by the Town Clerks office will be held and counted on the day of the postponed election.  Absentee voters who have requested a ballot for the 3/30/20 Annual Town Election will still be eligible to vote In-Person on election day as long as their ballot has not been cast. If you have requested an absentee ballot to be mailed to an address which is no longer current, please notify the Town Clerk’s office by email at [email protected] or mail in a new absentee ballot application.
 

If you have any questions, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-639-3351 or email us at [email protected].

 

Candidates Night

The League of Women Voters recorded a televised forum for the contested race (Board of Selectmen) at the SudburyTV studio. Candidates in uncontested races recorded statements to voters. (The League of Women Voters will not be holding a live forum for the 2020 Annual Town Election.)

The recorded forums may be viewed on SudburyTV Channel 8 (Comcast) and Channel 31 (Verizon) or the station’s website, http://www.sudburytv.org, as a video-on-demand.

 

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