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Posted on: September 2, 2021

Election 2021 FAQ's

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The Office of the Town Clerk has developed Election 2021 FAQ's, please take a moment to review this important information. 

Election 2021 FAQ's

How can I vote in the November 2, 2021 Town Election? 

  • In person on election day at your polling location, or
  • By absentee ballot (the deadline to apply is October 27th by 5 pm if requesting ballot be mailed, and 12:00 noon the day before the election if voting absentee in person at the Town Clerk’s office). Absentee ballots now available to vote over-the-counter. To be eligible to vote by absentee ballot you must meet one of the below criteria:
    • absent from town on election day;
    • religious belief, or
    • physical disability. 
  • By early mail-in ballot, or
  • By early voting in person.

What is the difference between mail-in ballots and absentee ballots?

  • Mail-in ballots are allowed without an excuse in order to apply.  Click here for more info. 
  • Absentee ballots require eligibility in order to apply. Click here for more info. 

Will there be early voting? 

  • Yes, there will be early voting fat Town Hall in the First Floor Meeting Room on the below dates: 
    • Monday, October 25th 8:30a – 4:00p
    • Tuesday, October 26th 8:30a – 4:00p
    • Wednesday October 27th – 8:30a – 4:00p
    • Thursday, October 28th 8:30a – 8:00p
    • Friday, October 29th 8:30a – 4:00p


Will there be a preliminary election? 

  • No, per Town Charter, Section 10.7 (d), a preliminary election was allowed for the initial election of the Council only.

Will ranked choice voting be used for the 2021 town election?

  • No, legislation is still pending allowing for the use of ranked choice voting for town elections.

What is the last day to register to vote?

  • 20 days before the election, or October 13th by 8:00 pm. 

Check your voter status here:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

Where can I access the Candidate Statements?

Questions? Contact the Town Clerk's Office at townclerk@amherstma.gov or by phone at (413) 259-3035

Click here for a PDF of the Election 2021 FAQ's