Election Information

Election Information

Special Election: Tuesday, November 28th, 2023
Hopkinton Middle School, 88 Hayden Rowe
Poll are open 7am-8pm
 
The Clerk's Office is holding in-person absentee voting by appointment only. Please call 508-497-9710 or email townclerk@hopkintonma.gov to schedule an appointment.
 
You have until 5pm on Monday, November 20th 2023 to request a Vote by Mail Ballot. To apply, please fill out the Massachusetts Vote by Mail Application.

To view the specimen ballot for the upcoming Special Town Election on November 28th, please visit our Online Specimen Ballot.

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CANDIDATE INFORMATION

The following is the procedure for seeking office in the Town of Hopkinton: a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. The procedures for a candidate running for state office can be found in this guide.

Voter Registration

Any person who is a Massachusetts resident, a United States citizen and will be eighteen years old as of the next election is eligible to register to vote. You do not need a driver’s license or any other form of identification to register in person. When you sign the registration form, you must attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are legally eligible to register and that the information you provide is accurate and truthful. The penalty for fraudulent registration increased recently to a fine of ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.

 First time voters who choose to register by mail are required to show identification. You may include a copy of acceptable identification when returning the mail-in registration form or come by this office to show identification or you will be required to show identification at the polls on Election Day. Acceptable identification includes a driver’s license, current and valid photo id (such as those issued by the Registry), current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing your name and the address at which you are registering. The identification is not kept; it is only used to support the identification supplied on the registration form. 

Inactive voters will receive a notice notifying them that they will be removed from the voting list if they fail to respond to the notice and do not vote in the next two biennial state elections following the mailing of the notice. If you move to another city or town you must register in your new community. You will remain on Hopkinton’s list of active voters so long as you vote regularly and complete and return the annual municipal census.

Voter registration forms are available at the Town Clerk’s Office at 18 Main Street. Mail-in forms may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office in the Town Hall or by calling the State Elections Division at 1-800-462-VOTE (8683). You can also download a form off the State Elections Division website. In addition, the state registries of motor vehicles, social service agencies and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services.

Registration Deadlines

You must register to vote at least ten days before any Town or State election or the Presidential Primary in order to vote.

Election Information

All precincts vote at the Middle School Gym, 88 Hayden Rowe (enter by Grove Street).  

When you approach the check-in table, first tell the poll worker your full name. You will then be asked for your address.

In a primary election, voters who are registered in a political party may only obtain a ballot for that party. If you are an Unenrolled voter (commonly referred to as an independent voter), you may request the ballot of any party participating in the primary election. You will not become registered in a political party because of your participation in a primary.

When you have finished voting, directly head to your precinct’s ballot box, where you will deposit your ballot. Children may not handle official ballots – please deposit your ballot yourself unless you require assistance. Over-voted ballots will be immediately picked up by the election tally machines when someone casts a ballot that has been over-voted. You will have the opportunity to take another ballot and vote again or to cast the over-voted ballot. You must wait until the machine fully accepts or rejects your ballot.  

Provisional ballots will be offered to anyone who feels they are qualified to vote, but are not on the voter list or fail to present identification at the polls. To cast a provisional ballot a person must sign an Affirmation form stating they are a current resident of Hopkinton and registered to vote or return with identification before the polls close. Provision ballots are counted if the election official can verify the individual's eligibility. After the election anyone who has cast a provisional ballot may inquire if their ballot was voted.

Acceptable identification includes a driver's license, current and valid photo id (such as those issued by the Registry), current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing your name and the address at which you are registering. The identification is not kept; it is only used to support the identification supplied on the registration form.

Prohibited Activities

State law prohibits the display of campaign activity within 150 feet of the entrance to the polling location. Signs, stickers, apparel, and even lapel buttons are not permitted within this restricted zone. Further information can be found in this Election Advisory by the Elections Division.

VOTING BY MAIL

Any voter may request that a ballot be mailed to them. The application for a Vote by Mail ballot can be printed from the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website. Applications can be submitted digitally to TownClerk@hopkintonma.gov but must contain a true signature. The signature can be done with a writing implement or stylus. Names typed in a scripted font do not count! Voters may have someone assist them in filling out this application – to do so, please fill out Section 3. 

For voters who would rather fill out an online application, the Secretary of the Commonwealth has an online portal. For all application and ballot deadlines, please refer to the section below.

Absentee Voting Requirements

Voters who are unable to vote on election day because of physical disability, religious beliefs, or who are outside of Town for the duration of the election may vote by absentee ballot. State law limits the availability of absentee ballots to the three listed circumstances. Absentee ballots are not available for mere inconvenience, or because of ordinary commuting. If you will be absent from Hopkinton for an extended period of time, you may submit a single application for all elections occurring within the year the application is accepted.

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the Town Clerk or the Office of the Secretary of State. The latest version of this application can be found at this link. The voter or a family member may submit an application for a voter. Also, any form of written communication requesting an absentee ballot may be filed with the Town Clerk’s office. The voter or family member must sign all written requests under the pains and penalties of perjury before a ballot will be made available. Applications in languages other than English can be found here.

Returning the Application for an Absentee Ballot

Any mail-in ballot must be requested in writing by 5 p.m. on the 5th business day before the election. Your application can only be accepted if it has reached our office before the deadline. Applications can be mailed, inserted into the Clerk’s drop box outside Town Hall, or dropped at our office during business hours.

Permanently Disabled Voters

If a voter submits a note from a registered physician indicating that she or he is permanently disabled, the Town Clerk will send an absentee ballot for every election in that year and thereafter. Absentee Ballot applications must still be completed and returned each year.

Overseas Voters

If a voter is residing overseas, they are allowed to vote absentee. Absentee ballots can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to overseas voters upon completion of a Federal Postcard Application. Click here for Federal Postcard Application.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS

In Massachusetts, the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) sets specific rules on how campaign money can be handled.  OCPF works diligently with candidates and local election officials to ensure transparency for the voters of the Commonwealth so that they can "follow the money."  The Town Clerk serves as the repository of reports for those running for local office and serves to assist candidates in better understanding campaign finance to ensure compliance and transparency.  OCPF has published a campaign finance guide for local candidates and they have a staff prepared to help candidates better understand any nuances that may exist in the laws.  All of the forms for municipal filers can be found as fillable PDFs on the OCPF repository of municipal reports.  The goal is never to make the process a challenge which is why we at the Town Clerk's Office aim to be a resource when navigating these rules, rather the goal is to help candidates with these processes and ensure transparency for the residents of the Town of Hopkinton.

Below is our online repository of local filers, please let us know if you have any questions.

Campaign finance reports 2013 - Present