Election & Town Meeting Dates & Deadlines

Calendar of Key Dates

2021 ELECTION CALENDAR
  Date                                                          Event                                                                          

   Thursday, December 17, 2020      

   4:00 PM

 Warrant Closure Deadline (voted by Select Board)           

   Tuesday, February 9, 2021

   8:00 PM

 Last Day to Register to Vote in Town Election
   Monday, February 22, 2021 

Deadline for Posting of Warrant

 

   Tuesday, February 23, 2021
   5:00 PM
 Application Deadline for Early Vote by Mail Ballot

   Tuesday, February 23, 2021

   5:00 PM

 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
  Date                                                            Event                                                                      
   Monday, January 4, 2021
   5:00 PM        
 Deadline to File with Town Clerk:  Incumbent Town Meeting Members
   Friday, January 8, 2021
   5:00 PM
 Deadline to Obtain Blank Nomination Papers: New Candidates - All Offices
   Monday, January 11, 2021
   5:00 PM
 Deadline to Submit Signed Nomination Papers to Board of Registrars/Town Clerk for Certification
   Wednesday, January 27, 2021
   5:00 PM
 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 clerk@lexingtonma.govArranging 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.  

Secretary of the Commonwealth - ELECTIONS DIVISION