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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Annual Town Meeting & Election - June 27, 2020

The Ashfield Select Board voted to reschedule the May 2, 2020 Annual Town Meeting and Election to a later date. The new date of this meeting and election is Saturday, June 27, 2020. 

The Annual Town Meeting will be held on the Ashfield Town Common and will start at 10:00 am. Ashfield will be following state and local health guidelines. Residents will be asked to wear masks and to maintain proper social distancing. The last day to register for the annual meeting is Friday, June 5, 2020. Town Office staff will be available from 9 am - 4 pm and 7 pm - 8 pm for voter registration on this day. 

The polls will be open from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. The voter registration deadline is Wednesday, June 17. The Town Clerk will be available from 9 am - 4 pm and 7 pm - 8 pm for voter registration on this day. 

A new law has been passed clarifying that any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 in response to a declared state of emergency or from guidance from a medical professional, local or state health official, or any civil authority shall be deemed to be unable by reason of physical disability to cast their vote in person at the polls. You qualify for an absentee ballot due to physical disability if you are ill, confined to home because you may transmit infection, cannot leave your home because you are a member of a population vulnerable to illness, or you are staying in your home or avoiding the polls as a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19. 

The law has also been updated to allow for early voting by mail for any election held before June 30, 2020. Early voting is similar to absentee voting, but unlike absentee voting, no excuse is required. 

Absentee ballot applications are available to be downloaded and printed by clicking this form. You may also request an absentee ballot by writing a letter to your clerk’s office, if you do not have access to a printer. Be sure to include your name and address, the election for which you are requesting a ballot, and your signature. If you need your ballot mailed somewhere other than your home, be sure to provide that address. Applications must be received by noon the day before the election (June 26, 2020).  

Early ballot applications are available and can be can be requested by filling out this form. As with absentee ballots, any written request is acceptable.

To view a specimen ballot click on this link.

All mail-in ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by the close of polls on June 27, 2020 - a postmark is not sufficient. Absentee ballots may be mailed or hand-delivered by a family member. Please be sure to allow enough time for the mailing of your application and your ballot. 

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