2020 ELECTION DATES
|ELECTION||DAY OF ELECTION||TIMES||DEADLINE TO REGISTER|
|Presidential Primary||Tuesday, March 3, 2020||7am-8pm||Wednesday, February 12, 2020|
|Annual Town Election|
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Postponed see below
|State Primary||Tuesday, September 1, 2020||7am-8pm||Wednesday, August 12, 2020|
|State Election||Tuesday, November 3, 2020||7am-8pm||Wednesday, 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:
- 2020 Local Election Calendar
- 2020 Annual Town Election Terms Due to Expire with Positions
- 2020 Annual Town Election Candidates Guide
- Campaign Finance Information
The following nomination papers have been pulled as of February 25th :
^Candidate has pulled papers
^^ Candidate has returned papers with the appropriate number of signatures
|Selectmen||3 yrs||Robert F. Brady Jr. * not seeking re-election|
|Jason L. Suzor Sr. ^^|
|Assessors||3 yrs||Jonathan D. Madore *^^|
|Board of Health||3 yrs||Ralph A. Jensen Jr. *^^|
|Planning Board||5 yrs||Robert L. Pillarella *^^|
|School Committee (vote for two)||3 yrs||Rebecca Marie Lundgren * not seeking re-election|
|3 yrs||Tracy Hutchinson Sheehan *^^|
|3 yrs||Maria D. Piccirilli^^|
|Housing Authority||5 yrs||Gary J. Qualter^^|
|Library Trustee||3 yrs||Paul J. Chute *^^|
|Park and Recreation (vote for two)||3 yrs||Benjamin Paul Chapman *^^|
|Barbara A. Littlefield * not seeking re-election|
|Marci B. Kovick^^|
|Constable (vote for two)||3 yrs||Sean M. Bastis *^^|
|Frank P. Staffier *^^|
|Sewer Commission||3 yrs||Robert L. Pillarella *^^|
|Redevelopment Authority||1 yr||Vacancy|
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:
- Absentee Ballot Information & Absentee Ballot Application
- Absentee Voting vs. Early Voting
- Know Before You Go!
- Voting with the AutoMark Machine & Helpful Video
- Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations