Elections & Voting

2020 General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Polling Location (all precincts): RJ Grey Junior High School, 16 Charter Road

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

2020 Elections Early Voting Information

Voters have several options to vote early for the upcoming General Election on November 3, 2020.

Vote by Mail 

Voting by Mail is available for all registered voters. Applications must be submitted before 5 PM on Wednesday, October 28th to allow for processing the application and sending your ballot before Election Day. Note: The United States Postal Service recommends that you submit your Vote by Mail application no later than October 20, in order to ensure that you will receive your ballot in time to return it by mail and have it counted. Applications received after October 28th cannot be processed.

Ballot Drop-Boxes

Voters who receive their Vote by Mail ballots may also drop off their completed ballots at the Acton Town Hall. The drop-boxes are located next to the Town Hall main entrance (see picture below). Ballots must be dropped off by 8 PM on Election Day.Election Drop Boxes






In-Person Early Voting

In-Person Early Voting is also available for voters. In-Person Voting will take place at the Town Hall (472 Main Street). Town staff has worked diligently to prepare the facility for voters and instituted several safety precautions including limiting to two voters (from the same household) in the voting area at once, wiping down and sanitizing all surfaces after each voter, and daily sanitizing of the voting equipment and facilities.

Weekends:

October 17-18 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

October 24-25 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Weekdays

October 19-23 - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

October 26-30 - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Voting in Acton

Voter registration must be completed by the deadline in order to vote in a given election. Last day to register to vote for any election held on or before 12/31/20 will be 10 days prior to election.  Click here to register: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/

October 24, 2020 – last day to register for November 3rd General Election

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 once 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.

     All precincts vote at the RJ Grey Junior High School, 16 Charter Rd.

     Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

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 Board of Selectmen, Moderator or Town Manager.

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

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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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