Elections; Town Meetings & Voter Registration

Town Meeting & Elections

The results of Town Meetings & Elections may be viewed here.
ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION - May 16, 2017 - 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Ipswich YMCA, 110 County Road

The following have qualified to have their names placed on the ballot for the 2017 Annual Town Election:

Board of Selectmen, vote for up to 2 Candidates:  Linda D. Alexson, Erika Lynn Goldsborough Turner, William D. Whitmore  
School Committee, vote for up to 3 Candidates:  Barry W. Hopping, Parvica D. Kneedler, Nicole A. Zito  
Moderator, vote for 1 Candidate:  Thomas R. Murphy, Peregrine White, Jr. 

Also, the following two questions will be on the ballot:

Question 1:  Shall the Town of Ipswich adopt, and shall the Town of Ipswich be authorized to adopt, the following amendment to the General By-Laws:  Chapter 170 Marijuana Establishments; "170-1 Marijuana Establishments Forbidden  "The operation of any marijuana establishment, as defined in G.L. c 94G, section 1, including, without limitation, a marijuana cultivator, marijuana testing facility, marijuana product  manufacturer, marijuana retailer or any other type of licensed marijuana-related business, within the Town is prohibited.  This prohibition shall not apply to the sale, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes licensed under Chapter 369 of the Acts of 2012?

The following question is NON-BINDING

Question 2:  Shall the Select Board, Planning Board, Public Safety Officials, School Committee, Finance Committee and citizens at large proceed with a combined and comprehensive evaluation of site options for the ongoing elementary school project and a future public safety facility that is presented to the Tri-Board for debate and vote at a well-publicized public meeting as soon as possible?

NEW:  Early Voting (applies to State and Federal Elections), 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:


Who May Register to Vote


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


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


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: