The following is a message from Swansea Town Clerk Diane Pelland:
The Annual Town Election has been postponed by a vote of the Board of Selectmen to a date no later than June 30, 2020. The new date will be discussed further by the Board and residents will be updated.
Due to the current health crisis, the State of Massachusetts has amended the laws and are allowing EARLY VOTING for the upcoming municipal election by Mail Only. All registered voters in the Town of Swansea may request an Early Ballot to avoid voting in person at the polls on Election Day. Any person who requested an Absentee Ballot can still return that ballot without any penalty as that application was being allowed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Moving forward, the State now recommends that you use the Early Ballot application. Per state law, the deadline to request an early ballot is noon on the day before the election, and the voted ballot MUST be received by our office before the close of the polls (8 p.m.) on Election Day.
As a note, until the new date for Annual Town Election is set, voter registration is still open up until 10 days prior to the new date. The new deadline for registration will be posted once a new Election date is set.
To obtain an Early Ballot application:
- Contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508-678-9389 ext. 2 to request an application be mailed to you.
- Visit the Town’s website at https://www.town.swansea.ma.us/ and click on Departments – Town Clerk; there is a link to open the Early Voting application so you can print, complete and either mail in or scan/email to: [email protected]
- You can also provide a handwritten note that includes (a) your name and Swansea address, (b) the address to which you want your ballot mailed to, (c) remember, YOU MUST SIGN
YOUR REQUEST. Again, this handwritten, signed note can be email to: [email protected]
In anticipation of a large response to Early Voting applications, please submit your requests as soon as possible, allowing the Town Clerk’s office time to process them in a timely fashion.
If anyone has any questions, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-678-9389 ext. 2.