- Seeking elected office in Lexington
- Available seats for 2021 election
Calendar of Key Dates
|2021 ELECTION CALENDAR|
Thursday, December 17, 2020
|Warrant Closure Deadline (voted by Select Board)|
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
|Last Day to Register to Vote in Town Election|
|Monday, February 22, 2021|
Deadline for Posting of Warrant
| Tuesday, February 23, 2021|
|Application Deadline for Early Vote by Mail Ballot|
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
|Application Deadline for Absentee Ballot|
|Monday, March 1, 2021|
Annual Town Election (voted by Select Board)
|Monday, March 22, 2021|
Annual Town Meeting (voted by Select Board)
|2021 CANDIDATE DEADLINES|
| Monday, January 4, 2021|
|Deadline to File with Town Clerk: Incumbent Town Meeting Members|
| Friday, January 8, 2021|
|Deadline to Obtain Blank Nomination Papers: New Candidates - All Offices|
| Monday, January 11, 2021|
|Deadline to Submit Signed Nomination Papers to Board of Registrars/Town Clerk for Certification|
| Wednesday, January 27, 2021|
|Deadline for Candidates to Withdraw|
Candidate nomination papers available Friday, December 4, 2020 by appointment by contacting the Town Clerk's Office at 781-698-4558, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Arranging for Nomination Papers during Town Office Building closure.
Nomination and Petition Papers for Municipal Elections
The first step to running for office or placing a question on the ballot is to gather the required number of signatures of registered voters on petition papers. The number of signatures depends on the office or the type of question.
Once the signatures are gathered, the petition papers are submitted to the Town Clerk/Board of Registrars for certification. If the required number of signatures is certified, the candidate or question will appear on the ballot. guidelines and instruction for seeking elected office or placing a question on the local ballot are available from the Town Clerk's office.
Schedule of Events
- Warrant Closure Deadline
Late December as voted by Select Board
- Deadline for Incumbent Town Meeting Members to file for re-election
56 Days prior to election
- Deadline to obtain Nomination Papers
51 Days prior to election - new candidates
- Deadline to submit signed Nomination Papers
49 Days prior to election
- Deadline for Candidates to Withdraw
33 Days prior to election
- Voter Registration Deadline
20 Days prior to election
- Warrant Posting Deadline
7 Days prior to election
- Absentee Ballot Deadline
Friday prior to Monday Election
- Annual Town Election
First Monday in March, unless otherwise declared
- Annual Town Meeting - Session 1
Usually Last Monday in March
Town Committees (elected on March Presidential Primary Ballot - 2020, 2024, etc.)
Each political party may elect a town committee consisting of three to thirty-five members in each town for a four-year term. Members of town committees serve in the following capacities:
- Represent their party at the local neighborhood level;
- Promote the objectives of the party; and
- Work for the nomination and election of party candidates.
Three ways to run for a town committee
Incumbent members of the current committee often form their own slate;
An interested person may request a place on this slate by contacting the chairperson whose name is available from the local election office in the city or town hall;
A candidate may run on another slate; a candidate may run as an individual
Nomination papers are available beginning August the year prior to the State Election, in the Elections Division, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, One Ashburton Place, Room 1705, Boston, MA 02108 or thereafter at the Lexington Town Clerk's Office, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nomination papers must be submitted to the office of the Lexington Town Clerk/Board of Registrars for the certification of names by the following November.
Nomination papers must be picked up from the Town Clerk's Office and filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Additional information is available from both the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Office of the Lexington Town Clerk.