Voter Registration and Election Information
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Town Clerk’s office by telephone at 978-369-6155 or email.
Any citizen may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.
Other opportunities to register include voter registration sessions (20 days prior to an election), by mail, at the Registry of Motor Vehicles or ONLINE.
If you’d like to fill out your form and send in by mail, an application may be found HERE.
Mail to: Office of the Town Clerk, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741
Carlisle Town Hall-Clark Room
66 Westford Street
Carlisle, MA 01741
ELECTIONS IN 2022
State Primary Election
September 6, 2022
November 8, 2022
Voting by Mail
Massachusetts voters now have the option to vote early by mail in all elections, with no excuse required. To request your Vote by Mail ballot, submit a signed application.
Applying for your Ballot
In 2022, the Secretary of the Commonwealth will mail Vote by Mail applications in July and September to every voter who hasn’t already requested a mail-in ballot for the fall elections. These applications will be pre-addressed to our office and postage pre-paid.
Vote by Mail applications can also be downloaded or printed from the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website.
Any written request with your signature is an acceptable application. You can simply write a signed letter to apply for your ballot and send to the Office of the Town Clerk.
Applications can be submitted by mail, email, or fax. If you’re emailing your application, you need to sign it in a way that can be compared to your hand-written signature. Electronic signatures, scanned applications, and photos of applications are acceptable. Typed signatures cannot be accepted.
- Fax: 978-371-0594;
- Mail: Office of the Town Clerk, 66 Westford St. Carlisle, MA 01741; or
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a Primary Ballot
If you’re applying for a primary ballot, and you aren’t registered in a party, you must indicate which party’s ballot you want to receive. If you don’t provide a party on your application, you will not receive a primary ballot.
If you’re unenrolled (commonly called “Independent”) or enrolled in political designations, you are allowed to vote in the party primary of your choice. Your ballot choice will not affect your party registration.
Any mail-in ballot must be requested in writing at least 5 business days before Election Day.
Application deadlines for 2022 are listed below. Your application can only be accepted if it has reached your local election office by the deadline.
|September 6, 2022 State Primaries||5 p.m., Monday, August 29, 2022|
|November 8, 2022 State Election||5 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2022|
Apply as early as possible, especially if your ballot will need to be mailed out of town. The U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing up to 7 days for mail delivery. To ensure you receive your ballot with enough time to mail it back, you should apply 2-3 weeks before Election Day.
Returning your Ballot
There are several options for returning your ballot. You may return your ballot by:
- Mailing it back using the envelope provided; or
- Hand-delivering your ballot to our office at 66 Westford St
On Election Day, ballots can only be dropped off in the receptacle provided or in the Town Clerk's Office.
For the September 6, 2022 State Primaries, your ballot must reach our office by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. Ballots that arrive after that time – even if they are postmarked on or before Election Day – will not be counted.
For the November 8, 2022 State Election, ballots returned in person must be delivered by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots returned by mail from inside the United States must reach your local election office by 5 p.m. on November 11, 2022 in order to be counted. Mailed ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day can only be counted if they are postmarked by Election Day.
Use the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Track My Ballot tool to check the status of your ballot. The tracker will show you the date your ballot was mailed, the date it was returned, and whether your ballot was accepted or rejected.
Voting in Person
You can still vote in person if you’ve applied to vote by mail and your ballot has not been accepted. You can vote during early voting hours or on Election Day.
You can’t vote in person if your ballot has been accepted by our office. You may not take your ballot back or vote again.
Use the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website to track your ballot status. If your ballot hasn’t been accepted by Election Day, you may vote in person. If your ballot arrives at our office after you’ve voted, the mail-in ballot will be rejected.
Absentee Ballots can be used to vote by mail or in person before Election Day.
In addition to no-excuse early voting by mail, Massachusetts has absentee voting for those who qualify. While early Vote by Mail ballots are more common, there are special circumstances where you need to apply for an absentee ballot instead. You can find more information about absentee ballot eligibility below.
To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must:
Emergency Absentee Ballots
If you have been admitted to a healthcare facility within 1 week of the election, you may use the absentee ballot application to designate someone of your choice to deliver a ballot to you. The person you designate to deliver your ballot will need to bring the signed application to your local election office, pick up your absentee ballot, bring it to you, and return it for you by the close of polls on Election Day. Emergency ballots may be requested up until the close of polls.
Military & Overseas Voters
If you are a U.S citizen residing out of the country or on active military duty, you may use the Federal Post Card Application or the Massachusetts Absentee Ballot Application to request your ballot. More information is available on the Secretary of the Commonwealth's page for Voting for Military & Overseas Citizens.
Town Meeting and Town Election Schedule
Town Caucus March 14, 2022, 7 p.m.
Town Meeting April 25, 2022, 6 p.m.
Town Election May 10, 2022, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.