NEW VOTING EQUIPMENT FOR MARCH 2016 ELECTIONS
- The Town of Wellesley will be using new voting equipment beginning with the March 2016 elections.
- The equipment is optical scanning technology, so paper ballots are read by the machine.
- Voters will be required to fill in the oval to the right of the candidate name and then feed the ballot into the machine for reading and tabulation.
- Please be patient as the machine takes about 4 seconds to record the ballot and notify the voter that the ballot has been accepted.
To Register to Vote you must:
» BE A U.S. CITIZEN
» be a Massachusetts Resident
» be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
When is the next election?
September 8 THURSDAY - State Primary
November 8 TUESDAY - State Election (President)
How can I register to vote?
In Person: Go to the Town Clerk's Office, 525 Washington St., Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and complete an affidavit of registration which must be answered truthfully under the penalty of perjury. The questions on the affidavit will include your name, residence and date of birth, and identification number (Massachusetts Drivers License Number preferred).
By Mail: Mail-in registration forms are widely available. See Post office, School offices, library, or on line. Please ALSO send a copy of your identification showing your name and Wellesley voting address (i.e., drivers license, utility bill, tax bill).
At the Registry of Motor Vehicles: Keep your motor voter receipt until you receive confirmation from the Town Clerks Office. If you do not receive any confirmation please contact Town Clerk's Office to verify your voting status.
Online - with a Massachusets drivers license or id number
Deadline for Voter Registration:
20 days prior to next election
August 19 for September Primary
October 19 for November State/Federal Election
Board of Registrars (Town Clerk's Office) open extended hours - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm to accept registrations on the last day to register.
When and where may I register?
There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote. If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home. You may register in person at the Wellesley Town Hall, 525 Washington Street, Town Clerk's Office. ( 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday). Mail in forms can be obtained on line at www.canivote.org.
Resident with a Massachusetts Drivers License may also complete voter registration on line. (see icon on front page)
Teens turning 18 on or before the next election date may preregister before the birthday. Teens must be registered by the applicable deadline to participate in the next election.
Teens 16 and 17 may also pre-register as a voter, but are not eleigible to vote until your 18th birthday.
What must I do if I've changed my address since I registered?
If you have moved within Wellesley, notify the Town Clerk's Office of your new address in writing. If you have moved to a new city or town, you must register again in the new location.
What should I do if I registered to vote and I have not heard from my local election official?
If you have NOT received confirmation of your voter status from the Town Clerk's Office within 1 week from the date you registered please contact Diane Innes, Wellesley Elections & Registration Administrator @ 781-431-1019 ext. 2258.
Where do I vote?
Please see the link above to find your precinct and the address of your polling place.
How do I absentee vote?
If you are absent from the Town on election day, physically disabled, or have a religious objection, you may vote absentee in Massachusetts.
Please file a request with the Town Clerk stating your voting name and address and birthdate and the address where your ballot is to be sent. A ballot will be mailed to you the same day we receive a request. Absentee requests may be filed at any time prior to the election, up until NOON the day prior. Ballots will be mailed beginning 21 days prior to the
If you require the ballot to be mailed out of Wellesley please allow sufficient time for mailing in both directions (generally allow 10 mailing days for a ballot to go out of Wellesley and be returned).
If the ballot is to be mailed out of the United States please allow up to three weeks to accomplish the mailing. If you wish the ballot to be mailed by express/priority or FedEx type service, you must provide us with the mailing materials and payment. Otherwise the ballot will be mailed standard US Mail. Out of country voters are encouraged to use expedited mailing for return of the ballot. UOCAVA voters (out of country) may also qualify for email balloting please contact town clerk for details.
If you wish to absentee vote in person at the Town Clerk's office, please call to determine if ballots are available.
Voters may apply for an absentee ballot in person and vote at the same time. Ballots cannot be handcarried out of the office.
Absentee ballots must be RECEIVED in the Clerk's office on or before the close of the polls on election day.
All absentee ballots are counted at the polling place on the day of the election and are included in the reported totals.
EARLY VOTING - NEW
New legislation, effective for the November 2016 Election allows all registered voters to vote prior to election day at your convenience without required an excuse for absentee balloting.
Early Voting period is October 24 - November 4.
In Wellesley Early Voting IN PERSON will ocur at the Warren Recreation Building at 90 Washington St.
Voting hours are expected to be
- 8-NOON and 4-8 pm October 24,25,26,27
- 8-NOON only Friday October 28 and Friday November 4
- 8-2 pm Saturday October 29
- 8 am - 4 pm October 31
- 8 am - 8 pm November 1,2,3
Hours may be expanded if the volume of voters requires adjustments.
Early voters may also vote by mail-in request.