Elections & Voting

2021 Special Town Election - Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Location: RJ Grey Junior High School (Gymnasium), 16 Charter Road

Polling Hours: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

View the Election Warrant and Sample Ballot

No-Excuse and Absentee Voting by Mail

No-excuse voting by mail has been extended by state law until June 30, 2021, and is available for all registered voters. Absentee voting is still available for residents as well and must be submitted every year to the Town Clerk's office.

Requesting a Ballot

Please click the links below to download either a no-excuse vote by mail or an absentee ballot application. Once completed, the applications can be submitted by mail to Town Hall, 472 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720, by email to clerk@actonma.gov, or by fax to 978-929-6340.

You should complete an absentee ballot application if you are:

  • A military voter on active duty;
  • A Massachusetts citizen residing outside of the United States;
  • A voter who has been admitted to the hospital within 1 week of the election;
  • A voter who has been quarantined within 1 week of the election;
  • A voter who is incarcerated.

Links to Applications:

Returning a Ballot:Election Drop Boxes

Ballots may be returned by mail or in-person to Town Hall. Voters may also use the drop-boxes located to the right of the entrances of Town Hall (see photo to right)


  1. Important Dates and Deadlines
  2. Ballot Information

Special Town Election

  • Thursday, April 1, 2021 - Nomination Papers Available
  • Friday, April 23, 2021 - Last Day to Request Nomination Papers
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - Last Day to Submit Nomination Papers with 50 Registered Voter Signatures
  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 - Last to Day Object/Withdraw
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - Last Day to Register to Vote for Special Town Election
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 5:00 PM - Last Day to Submit Absentee Ballot Application
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM - Special Town Election

Voting in Acton

Voter registration must be completed by the deadline in order to vote in a given election. The last day to register to vote for any election held on or before 12/31/21 will be 20 days prior to the election.  Click here to register: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/

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 2020 Precinct Maponce 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.

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 Select Board, Town Moderator, or Town Manager.

Offices filled by vote at the Annual Town Election or by Special Election as required are:
Select Board - 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

Town Election Results
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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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Additional Resources