The Town Clerk has announced that the deadline to register to vote for the June 9th Town Election has been extended to May 28th.

VOTE
will be June 9th

2020 CANDIDATES’ FORUM

June 9th is our Town Election Day. Each year, we present a Candidates’ Forum, a collaborative effort between the Senior Center and the Town Clerk’s Office. Obviously, this year we are forced to make many changes to the election process. Therefore, the Candidates’ Forum will be virtual event, accessible on ABMI Cable8; Comcast channel 8 and, Verizon Channel 47. You may also catch it streaming online at abmi8.org. The Forum will be repeated on the cable stations periodically until the June 9th election.

All candidates are invited, and the three candidates for Board of Selectmen have committed to participate. It is hoped that we will also have a presentation both for and against the Proposition 2 ½ Override ballot question.

 

CANDIDATES’ FORUM

THURSDAY, MAY 28th

10:00 AM, ABMI CABLE 8

 

If you would like to submit questions for the candidates, please email them to townclerk@bellinghamma.org with “FORUM” in the subject line.

 

Remember, if you are uncomfortable about going to the polls on the 9th  (NOON – 8PM), you may request Absentee (no reason necessary) or Early Voting by Mail ballots on the Town website.

 

 

The Town Clerk has announced that the deadline to register to vote for the June 9th Town Election has been extended to May 28th.
If you are already registered to vote, you need not register again. This is only for new registrations or party affiliation change
 

Bellingham's Annual Town Election has been postponed until June 9th. On the ballot are: a contested race for Board of Selectmen (Robert Biagi, Don Martinis and Kelly Grant vying for two open seats), a 2 1/2 Override ballot question, plus uncontested races for Library Trustee, Planning Board, School Committee, and Housing Authority. If you are not already registered to vote, the last day to register for this election is May 12th. You may register online at mass.gov, or, by requesting a registration form from the Town Clerk's office.

In keeping with Massachusetts General Law, and recent amendments due to the pandemic, you will have three methods by which to cast your vote.

  • Absentee Voting by Mail (there will be no Absentee Voting "In Office" available for this election, as the Municipal Center is currently closed to public access).

Absentee Voting is available to all registered voters. For this election, no specific reason  has to be given. However, an application is required and may be obtained HERE

Once you have printed out the application, and completed it, you may mail it, scan and email it, or drop it in the silver-colored drop box opposite the front doors of the Municipal Center. Once the application has been received and accepted, you will receive a ballot by mail as soon as ballots are available. The completed ballot must be received by the Town Clerk's office by 8PM on June 9th in order to be counted.

  • Early Voting by Mail (essentially the same process as Absentee Ballot by mail; there will be no Early Voting at the Municipal Center for this election).

Early Voting by Mail is available to all registered voters. There is never any justification necessary for Early Voting. It is a convenience offered to voters. However, an application is required and may be obtained HERE.

Once you have printed out the application, and completed it, you may mail it, scan and email it, or drop it in the silver-colored drop box opposite the front doors of the Municipal Center. Once the application has been received and accepted, you will receive a ballot by mail as soon as ballots are available. The completed ballot must be received by the Town Clerk's office by 8PM on June 9th in order to be counted.

 

  • Voting at the Polls

Voting at the Polls is available to all registered voters comfortable with it. We are required by law to have a polling place, even during these trying times. Please keep in mind that the election is being held on June 9th, and hopefully conditions will have improved by then. The significant change for this election is in the hours of operation: polls will be open between NOON and 8PM. We will make every attempt to keep the environment safe, including periodic sanitizing of the polling areas. It is expected that voters will be prepared with any personal protective equipment (PPE) that is recommended at that time, and will observe social distancing protocol. For the safety of all, poll workers will be issued PPE, and pens will either be sanitized or disposable after use. Voters are also welcome to bring their own writing implements — either black, felt-tipped pens or #2 pencils.

If you have any questions, please email:townclerk@bellinghamma.org (to expedite, please enter "ELECTION" into the subject line). Or, call the Town Clerk's office at 508­-657-2830.

Stay well!