Elections & Voting

Important Dates for 2020

     March 3rd - Presidential Primary & Special State Primary Election

     March 11th - Last day to register to vote in the Annual Town Election & Annual Town Meeting

     March 31st - Annual Town Election

     April 6th - Annual Town Meeting

     September 15th - State Primary

     November 3rd - Presidential Election

2020 Annual Town Meeting & Election Information

The Annual Town Election will be held on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Registered voters will head to their precinct polling locations to cast their votes. The following Town Official Positions will be on the ballot:

     Board of Selectmen - 2 Members, 3 Year Term
     Town Moderator - 1Member, 1 Year Term
     Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee - 3 Members, 3 Year Term
     Acton Housing Authority - 1 Member, 5 Year Term
     Acton Water District - 1 Water District Clerk, 1 Water District Commissioner, 3 Year Terms
     Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library - 1 Member, 3 Year Term

To run for one of these open positions, please obtain nomination papers from the Town Clerk’s Office and make note of the following deadlines:

     February 7 - Last day to obtain Nomination Papers
     February 11 - Last day to file nomination papers with the Board of Registrars
     February 27 - Last day to object/withdraw

The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, April 6th, 2020 at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School beginning at 7:00 pm. The following Trustee positions must be nominated at the Annual Town Meeting to become elected: 

     Temporary Moderator - 1 Member, 1 Year Term
     Trustees of the New Fireman’s Relief Fund Acton- 1 Member, 3 Year Term
     Trustees of the Charlotte Goodnow Fund - 1 Member, 3 Year Term
     Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund - 1 Member, 3 Year Term
     Trustees of the West Acton Citizens’ Library - 1 Member, 3 Year Term 

Voting in Acton

The Residents of Acton have at least two opportunities to vote for local offices and issues each year, the Annual Town Election & the Annual Town Meeting. If an additional Special Town Election or Special Town Meeting is being called, residents will be notified once the date is set. The State Election calendar can be found here. Voter registration must be completed by the deadline in order to vote in a given election.

The Annual Town Election is held on the Tuesday immediately preceding the first Monday in April of each year. During this election voters may either vote by absentee ballot after submitting an absentee ballot application or vote at their designated polling location. The Town is divided geographically into 6 precincts. Click here for help finding your precinct.

     Precincts 1,2 & 6 vote at the Conant School, 80 Taylor Rd.

     Precincts 3, 4, and 5 vote at the RJ Grey Junior High School, 16 Charter Rd.

     Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The Annual Town Meeting is held on the first Monday in April of each year. The Town issues a Warrant which contains all of the items being voted on. If all of the items in the Warrant are not covered on the first night, the Town Meeting will continue onto additional consecutive nights. Participants must be present in order to vote in this Parliamentary-style election.

     All precincts attend Town Meetings at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 36 Charter Rd

Elected Officials

Some of the Boards and Committees in Acton are elected directly by the residents of Acton. Others are appointed by the Board of Selectmen, Moderator or Town Manager.

Offices filled by vote at the Annual Town Election or by Special Election as required are:
     Board of Selectmen - 5 Members, 3 Year Terms
     Town Moderator - 1 Year Term
     Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee - 7 of 11 Members from Acton, 3 Year Terms
     Acton Housing Authority - 3 Elected Members, 1 State Appointed, 5 Year Terms
     Acton Water District - 3 Year Terms
     Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library - 3 Members, 6 Corporate Members, 3 Year Terms

Offices elected by vote at the Annual Town Meeting include:
     Assistant Town Moderator - 1 Year Term
     Trustees of the Acton Firefighters Relief Fund - 3 Members, 3 Year Terms
     Trustees of the Charlotte Goodnow Fund - 3 Members, 3 Year Terms
     Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund - 3 Members, 3 Year Terms
     Trustees of the West Acton Citizens’ Library - 3 Members, 3 Year Terms

Past Town Elections and Reports

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Town Meeting & Special Town Meeting Abstracts
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State Election Results
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Annual Town Reports
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