Town Meetings and Elections
2023 Important Dates
Annual Town Meeting
Monday April 3, 2023
Annual Town Election
Tuesday May 16, 2023
Seats up for election:
5 year term
3 year term
1 year term
3 year terms
3 year terms
3 year terms
To run for election, nomination papers are available as of January 2, 2023 and due back to the Town Clerk's office no later than March 28, 2023 with at least 29 signatures of registered voters.
For more information on running for office, click here.
Know These 5 Things Before Voting:
1. Are you a registered voter?
The deadline to register to be eligible to vote in the State Election is Saturday, October 29 at 5:00 PM. The Town Clerk's Office will be open on this date from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM for in person voter registration or register to vote online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ This is also the last day to make changes to your party affiliation.
2. Is your voter status "active"?
Voters must return their signed street list census form annually to the Town Clerk’s office to maintain an active voter status. Inactive voters are still eligible to vote but will be required to complete additional forms and show an ID at the polls to vote. To avoid having to complete additional paperwork at the polls, voters who appear as inactive can change their status to active by stopping by the Town Clerks Office.
3. Can I vote Early in person or by Mail?
Yes! You can vote early either in person or by mail. See the Early Voting schedule above! You can also vote by mail by applying to the Office of the Town Clerk no later than 5 pm on Monday, November 1 at 5:00 pm. Applications can be found on the Town’s website or the Secretary of States website.
4. Where do I vote on ELECTION DAY?
The Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea has 1 polling location. All voters vote at: Memorial Elementary School Gymnasium, 43 Lincoln Street
5. What will I be voting on?
Voters are encouraged to educate themselves on the many races and questions that will appear on their ballot PRIOR to arriving at the polls. By visiting the website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleupcomingelections/upcoming-elections.htm You will have the option to view your ballot and check your registration status. Educated voters will reduce the amount of time necessary in the voting booths and reduce lines and crowding on Election Day. Sample ballots will also be available to view at the Office of the Town Clerk, 10 Central Street, MBTS as well as on the Town Clerk’s page.
Annual Town Meeting takes place on the first Monday in April at 7:00 PM. One must be a registered voter in the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea to vote at Town Meeting. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to Town Meeting for a timely check in.
State and local elections take place at Manchester Essex Regional High School, 36 Lincoln Street. You must be a registered voter in the Town of Manchester-by-the- Sea to vote. The annual local election takes place on the third Tuesday in May. Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.