Voting & Elections General Information
You may register to vote in person at the Town Clerk’s Office or online at registertovotema.com
Election Responsibilities of the Town Clerk
- Maintains voter lists and pertinent information, and supervision of voter registration
- Manages voting procedures for local and state elections
- Prepares the ballots for Town elections
- Maintains campaign finance records
- Arranges for absentee ballot procedures and processing
- Instructs and supervises the election officers
- Records the election results
- Maintains Annual Census information and files
- Retains custody of the ballots and voting lists in the event of a recount
- Transmits election results from each precinct as well as the complete list of town officers to the Secretary of State within 24 hours of each election
- Serves as a member of the Board of Registrars registering all voters, records the party enrollment of each voter in the annual register, and receives and certifies the signatures of the voters on all petitions
Register / Pre-Register to Vote
There are several ways to register or pre-register to vote. You may register in person at the Town Clerk’s Office, via the mail by requesting a voter registration form, or through the Secretary of State’s office by clicking here.
To Change Parties, Update Name, or Check Registration
You may also do this at the Town Clerk’s Office, via the mail by requesting a voter registration form, or through the Secretary of State’s office by clicking here.
Absentee Ballot Applications
Absentee Ballot Applications are available at the Town Clerk’s office for all 2020 elections; the Municipal Election in June, the September State Primary, and the Presidential Election or by clicking here. For additional information – including reasons you may apply to vote Absentee and the exemption during the COVID-19 pandemic – you may visit the Secretary of State’s website.
Vote By Mail Applications (new in 2020)
Vote By Mail Applications are available at the Town Clerk’s office for the September State Primary, and the Presidential Election or by clicking For additional information – including reasons you may apply to vote Absentee and the exemption during the COVID-19 pandemic – you may visit the Secretary of State’s website.
Hours for Voting
Polls are open on Election Day typically from 7 am to 8 pm but may be subject to change due to the pandemic: the state will determine and the website will be updated as information from the state is received.
Where Do I Vote?
Hamilton is divided into three (3) precincts; voters from all three precincts vote at the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Gymnasium, located at 16 Union Street in Hamilton. On Election Day, some voters may find that their names have been placed on the list of ‘inactive voters’. The inactive voters list is made up of registered voters who have not responded to the annual street list or subsequent confirmation notice. Inactive voters may still vote, but will first be asked to show identification and will be required to fill out an Affirmation of Current and Continuous Residence form; delays should be expected at the polls for these reasons. Note: Please read the State of Massachusetts information with respect to ‘Inactive Voter Status” to ensure a smooth process as you may need to bring identification with you.
Eligibility to Vote
A United States citizen who is 18 years old on election day is eligible to vote. First-time voters should register ahead of time and become a pre-registrant so that when turning 18, they will automatically become registered in the State’s system. Contact us to find out how long prior to an election you must register.
Changing Your Party Affiliation
You may change your party affiliation by filling out a new Voter Registration Form at the Town Clerk’s office or online through the Secretary of State’s Online Voter Registration link at registertovotema.com. We are unable to change a person’s party affiliation without a written Voter Registration Form signed by you.
Annual Town Meeting & Local Elections for Town Offices
Annual Town Meeting is typically held on the first Saturday of April at 9:00 am. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring Town Meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, June 20th at 9:00 a.m. and is being held outside at the Hamilton-Wenham High School in a large tent to allow for physical distancing; hand-washing stations and sanitizer will be available.
Town elections are typically held the first Thursday after the opening of the Annual Town Meeting 7:00 am to 8:00 pm; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Town Election Polls will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town Election has been scheduled for Thursday, June 25th and will be held at the Recreation Center/Library at 16 Union Street.
Other Election Questions
Reporting Donations Collected by a Candidate: The Town Clerk’s office has useful information on this topic. Information can also be found on the website for the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.