Running for Elected Office

The regular town election shall be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November in each odd-numbered year.

NEW! Click here for the listing of candidates for Town Council with certified nomination papers. 

                                                    Important 2018 Election Deadlines

Filing of Nomination Papers June 29, 2018
Withdraw or File Objections to Signatures July 17, 2018
Board of Registrars Draws Names for Ballot Placement July 17, 2018
Register to Vote in Primary on 9/4/18 August 15, 2018
Register to Vote in Town Council/State Election on 11/6/18 October 17, 2018

The term of office for all elected offices is two (2) years. *The first Town Council will have a term of three (3) years. 

Any registered voter in the Town of  Amherst can sign nomination papers for Town Wide office. 

Nomination Papers for District Councilor may only be signed by registered voters in the candidates District. 

All those registered to vote in Amherst are eligible to run for Councilor-at-Large, School Committee, Jones Library Trustee, Housing Authority and Elector, Oliver Smith Will. 

Voters may only run for District Councilor for the District in which they are register to vote. 

Elected Office Signature Requirement
District Councilor
School Committee
Jones Library Trustee
Housing Authority 
Elector, Oliver Smith Will

Nomination Papers

Nomination papers will be available from the Town Clerk's office on July 1 prior to the election and must be filed with the Board of Registrars 49 days prior to the election. See Upcoming and Past Elections for dates pertinent to each election. 

The Town Clerk advises filing nomination papers early so that in the event that the requisite number of signatures are not obtained, the candidate has time to collect more before the deadline to file. 

The last day to object to signatures, or withdraw your name from the ballet is 48 hours following the deadline to file with the Town Clerk, or 33 days before the election. Chapter 53, § 13 requires that withdrawals be "by request signed and duly acknowledge by [the candidate] before a notary public...within the time prescribed..." See Upcoming and Past Elections for dates pertinent to each election.

Chapter 51, §55 provides for candidates for public office to obtain a voter list at no charge. Please consider obtaining your free voter list electronically, rather than in paper, as a sustainable option. 

Campaign Finance

All candidates for political office are required to file Campaign Finance Reports. This requirement applies whether or not the candidate forms a committee for the purpose of receiving contributions. See Campaign & Political Finance for filing requirements for the current election, and for filing materials. 


The deadline to register to vote is always 20 days prior to each election. 

The Town Clerk is always available to answer any questions about running for elected office in the Town of Amherst. 

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