Town Clerk

The Town Clerk’s Office strives for a no compromise level of excellent customer satisfaction by providing the highest level of courteous efficient service, to ensure transparent governance, and to uphold the highest degree of integrity for the Town of Carlisle’s election process through fair, open, and consistent administration of all federal, state, and local election laws.

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General (State) Election Information

For voter registration deadlines, Vote by Mail details and other election information see our Voter Registration and Election Information page.

Our office has begun the process of mailing ballots.

You can check the progress of your Absentee or Vote-by-Mail ballot (or check to see if you already requested one) by using the Track My Ballot feature on the Secretary of State's website. "Pending" means your application has been accepted and we have not yet mailed your ballot. The feature refers to the November 3rd election as "State Election", but federal offices are on the ballot.

The online Vote-by-Mail application portal will allow you to submit multiple applications, even if one has already been received and accepted. Please use "Track My Ballot" to check status before submitting an application.

For the General Election, filled ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by the secure drop box at Town Hall (to the left of the front main doors, normally used for taxes and other Town business), or in person (dropped off in the Town Clerk's office during open hours) before the close of polls (8 p.m.) November 3. Mailed ballots must be postmarked November 3 and received by 5 p.m. November 6.

Before returning your ballot make sure you have signed the yellow ballot envelope. Voters have expressed concern about needing to fold the ballot to fit it in the secure drop box. This is not a problem, folding the ballot has no bearing on the validity of your ballot.

Election Dates

General Election Day is Tuesday November 3, 2020. Polls are open 7AM - 8PM.

General Election In-Person Early Voting will take place at Town Hall on:

  • Sat Oct 17 and Sun Oct 18 2-4PM
  • Mon Oct 19 – Thurs Oct 22 10AM-2PM
  • Friday Oct 23 10AM-1PM
  • Sat Oct 24 and Sun Oct 25 2-4PM
  • Mon Oct 26 - Thurs Oct 29 10AM-2PM
  • Friday Oct 30 10AM-3PM

View the schedule as a PDF

Ballot Counting

Ballots are counted after polls close on Election Day (8PM) until all of the ballots are counted and tallied. Process is open to the public for observation.

Mailed domestic ballots postmarked by Nov 3 will be counted on Nov 6 beginning at 5PM until all are counted and tallied. Process is open to the public for observation.

Any Overseas (UOCAVA) ballots postmarked by Nov 3 and received after Election Day will be counted on Nov 13 beginning at 5PM until all are counted and tallied. Process is open to the public for observation.




COVID-19 Response 

Executive Order relaxing the requirements of the Open Meeting Law during the state of emergency including the rules of remote participation is  available  HERE.

A copy of the Acts of 2020, Chapter 45: An Act granting authority to postpone 2020 municipal elections can be found here

The vote of the Board of Selectmen to postpone the Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election can be found here

The vote of the Board of Selectmen to postpone the Town Caucus  can be found  here