Elections; Town Meetings & Voter Registration

Town Meeting & Elections


The results of Town Meetings & Elections may be viewed here.
 

NEW:  Early Voting, Voter Registration & Voter Status

Information on voter registration, absentee ballots, your status as a voter, candidates on the current STATE ballot and EARLY VOTING  may be accessed at:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/evidx.htm

Presidential Election Early Voting hours will be held at Town Hall as follows:

Monday - Friday  Oct. 24 - Oct. 28, Regular Town Hall business hours
Saturday - Oct. 29,  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
Monday - Friday  Oct. 31 - Nov 4, Regular Town Hall business hours

Who May Register to Vote

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Those wishing to register to vote in Massachusetts may do so if they are:
  • A United States Citizen; and
  • A Massachusetts resident; and
  • At least 18 years old or older on or before the next election.

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) - This federal law "allows U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.  This Act provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for these citizens." 

UOCAVA applications may be forwarded to the Town Clerk's Office in one of three ways, 1. by U.S. mail to 25 Green Street, Ipswich MA 01938; 2. by fax at 978-356-6021; 3. by email to overseasballots@ipswich-ma.gov..

Find Your Voter Status: Where You Are Registered to Vote & Your Party Affiliation

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All precincts in the Town of Ipswich vote at the YMCA, 110 County Road.  You may find additional information regarding voting location and  voting status by visiting the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website and complete the "find my voter registration status form".

Voter Registration Form - Mail In Form and On Line Registration:

You may register in person at the Town Clerk’s Office or use a form prescribed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for mail in and for On Line registrations. You may register to vote at any state agency or at the Registry of Motor Vehicles when renewing a driver’s license.

Visit the State Elections Division for further voter information.  Elections Division is where you will find information on voter registration, absentee ballots and your status as a voter.  

Changing Name, Address &/or Party

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The voter registration form may be used to change a name or address for voter registration purposes and/or to join a party, change from one party to another, or to leave a party.
     

Registration Deadlines and Sessions:

The registration deadline is 20 days prior to each annual town meeting, annual town election, and each state election. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to each special town meeting.

Voter Registration Sessions are held at the Town Clerk's Office from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on the deadline dates as established by Massachusetts State Law and Regulation.
Campaign & Finance Reports

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 55 (MGL 55) governs the financing of political campaigns in the Commonwealth. Campaign and finance reports must be filed by candidates and their committees, if any, regardless of whether or not any funds were raised or any expenses were incurred during a reporting period. Reports must be filed 8 days prior to an election, 30 days after an election and at the end of the calendar year. Ballot question committees are also subject to MGL 55.

Town Clerk Requirement:

The Town Clerk is statutorily required to post, on the town's website, the reports of all candidates who have raised or expended $1,000 or more during any reporting period.

Reports of Candidates raising or expending $1,000 during a reporting period: