Voting & Elections

2020 ELECTION DATES

 

ELECTIONDAY OF ELECTIONTIMESDEADLINE TO REGISTER 
Presidential PrimaryTuesday, March 3, 20207am-8pmWednesday, February 12, 2020 
Annual Town Election

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Postponed see below

11am-7pm See below 
State PrimaryTuesday, September 1, 20207am-8pmWednesday, August 12, 2020 
State ElectionTuesday, November 3, 20207am-8pmWednesday, October 14, 2020 
In response to the State of Emergency and concerns about COVID-19 and its implications on election administration, the Governor signed a law authorizing the Board of Selectmen to vote to postpone the local election which was scheduled for April 14, 2020.  A copy of the law may be viewed here.  At its meeting on April 2, 2020, the Board of Selectmen voted to reschedule the annual local election and annual town meeting to dates to be determined.
 
Any incumbent official whose term would have expired on April 14, 2020 will remain in their position until the election is held, and a successor is elected and sworn in.
 
The law establishes that the Board of Selectmen must announce the new election date with twenty days’ notice a new voter registration deadline of 8:00pm on the 10th day before the rescheduled election. The BOS will follow the direction of health officials on establishing a new date for Avon’s annual election.
 
The law authorizes the Town to use ballots originally prepared for the April14th election.  A sample of the Town Election ballot may be viewed below.
The law provides two alternatives to voting in person on election day:
 
First, the law allows any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 to vote by absentee ballot.  Applications for an absentee ballot must be received by the Town Clerk by noon the day before the election.  An absentee ballot application is available here.  Absentee ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by the close of polls on election day.
 
Second, the law provides for early voting by mail.  Applications for early voting ballots must be received by the town Clerk by noon the day before the election.  Any voter may obtain an early vot 
 ing ballot.  An early voting application is available here.  Early voting ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by the close of polls on election day.
 
As mentioned above, pursuant to MGL, Chapter 39, § 9, the BOS also voted to delay Avon’s Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  In coordination with the Town Moderator and public health officials, the BOS will review a new possible schedule soon.
 
 

LOCAL TOWN ELECTION INFORMATION:

 
The following nomination papers have been pulled as of February 25th :
*Incumbent
^Candidate has pulled papers
^^ Candidate has returned papers with the appropriate number of signatures
ELECTED BODYTERM 
Selectmen3 yrsRobert F. Brady Jr. * not seeking re-election
  Jason L. Suzor Sr. ^^
Assessors3 yrsJonathan D. Madore *^^
Board of Health3 yrsRalph A. Jensen Jr. *^^
Planning Board5 yrsRobert L. Pillarella *^^
School Committee (vote for two)3 yrsRebecca Marie Lundgren * not seeking re-election
 3 yrsTracy Hutchinson Sheehan *^^
 3 yrsMaria D. Piccirilli^^
Housing Authority5 yrsGary J. Qualter^^
Library Trustee3 yrsPaul J. Chute *^^
Park and Recreation (vote for two)3 yrsBenjamin Paul Chapman *^^
  Barbara A. Littlefield * not seeking re-election
  Marci B. Kovick^^
Constable (vote for two)3 yrsSean M. Bastis *^^
  Frank P. Staffier *^^
Sewer Commission3 yrsRobert L. Pillarella *^^
Redevelopment Authority1 yrVacancy

 

POLLING LOCATION:
All Elections are held in the Mary T. McDermott Meeting Room
65 East Main Street

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

 To register or pre-register (16 & 17 year olds) to vote in Massachusetts you must:
  • Be a US Citizen
  • Be a Massachusetts resident
  • Be at least 16 years old (to register) and 18 years old (to vote)
In order to vote you must be registered:
  • 20 days prior to all primaries and elections, and Annual Town Meeting
  • 10 days before a Special Town Meeting
When a voter registration date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline falls back to previous workday.  
 

OTHER VOTER INFORMATION:

Town Elections: