Due to the large number of ballots for the Nov. 3 State and Presidential Election being requested and received through the Vote-by-Mail process, as well as the number of ballots that will be received during the in-person Early Voting period, the Commonwealth is allowing Town Clerks to “advance process” ballots received prior to Election Day.
On Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m., the Town Clerk will hold the “advance removal” of ballots, during which election workers will open the envelopes received prior to Election Day and place them in boxes. No ballots will be taken out of envelopes or processed.
On Monday, Nov. 2, at 8 a.m., the Town Clerk will hold the “advance deposit” process, during which election workers will:
- Take the previously “advance removed” ballots out of the envelopes
- Mark those voters on the voter list as “voted”
- Deposit those ballots in the Imagecast Tabulator machine for processing
The final tabulation of the results of these ballots will not be processed until after 8 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3).
Citizens are welcome to watch any parts of the advance processing of ballots on Oct. 30 or Nov. 2; all work will be performed in the first-floor conference room of the Town Office (the polling area), and an observation area will be available. Please understand that we will need to limit the number of observers due to space considerations and to allow for adequate social distancing.