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Municipal Election 2017

UNOFFICIAL Results of the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election are available here.

2017 Election dates are as follows: 

Preliminary Election: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
General Municipal Election: Tuesday November 7, 2017

Absentee ballot voting for the November 7, 2017 Municipal election is now available in the City Clerk's Office during regular business hours. Absentee ballots are for voters who will be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to: 1. Absence from the City during pollng hours, 2. Physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place, 3. Religious belief. Absentee ballot applications are available online for those who are home bound or away at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm, or on the elections page on this website. We can accept absentee ballot applicatiions via fax: 
978-282-3051, email: or mail to: 9 Dale Ave Gloucester, MA  01930 attn: Elections. Please note, If you are not using the absentee ballot application mail in form, correspondence must include your name, address, mailing address (if different than voting address), date of birth, phone number or email, and signature. City Clerk hours are: Monday -Wednesday 8:30am to 4:00pm, Thursday 8:30am to 6:30pm, and Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm.  

The Voter Registration Deadline for the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election is October 18, 2017 at 8pm.
 The City Clerk's office will remain open until 8pm on October 18 for Residents to register to vote or make changes to your registration in person. Residents may also use the online voter Registration service at The Secretary of State Website. On this site residents can check their registration status, make changes, register to vote or print a mail in form.  Residents may also visit the Elections page on this Gloucester site to print address or party change forms, there is also a link to the Secretary of State site there to register online.  
Election date is November 7, 2017. 

Races on the ballot will include: Mayor, Councilor at Large, Ward Councilor, and School Committee.
Campaign Finance Questions for those running in Municipal Elections can view the Cam
paign Finance Guide for Municipal Office here. you can visit the Office of Campaign Finance full website at www.ocpf.us     

Early Voting will resume for the State Elections in 2018 and is not available for Municipal Elections 2017. 
(see below for absentee ballot information)

**Poll workers are always needed. Poll workers are paid $125.00 for the day. If any resident is interested in being a poll worker, we welcome you to come into the City Clerk's office and apply.  Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm on election days. 

Voter registration and absentee ballot information: 

Change of name and address form
Registered voters can change their name or address by completing the name/address change form and submitting it to the Clerk's office in person or by mail. Changes MUST be received in the Clerk's office by 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in order to be effective for the upcoming election.

Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Information
Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years of age or older may register to vote in his/her city or town of residence. To register in Gloucester, you may come to the City Clerk's office during regular business hours, click the link below to download a mail in registration form or use the Secretary of State online service detailed below.  We are located at: 9 Dale Ave. Gloucester, MA 01930. Note: A picture ID may be requested at the time of registration.

Instructions for registering to vote in Massachusetts

See below for instructions on the Secretary of State's office new online voter registration:

As of June 23, 2015
Online Voter Registration Now Available 
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin is pleased to announce that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and more convenient as well as cut costs relating to the printing of voter registration forms.

Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin’s website at www.sec.state.ma.us and clicking the “Massachusetts Register to Vote Online” button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address or change their party enrollment.

Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official. (click the highlighted web address for fast link to the elections page)
Non-Registered Voter Information

A non-registered voter has up to twenty (20) days prior to any election day to register to vote. If the voter fails to comply, then his/her name will not be posted on the registered voters list and he/she will not be able to cast his/her vote in that election.

Inactive Voters

An inactive voter is a voter who failed to answer census per the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 51, Section 4c. Every year, registered voters who failed to respond to the census will be made inactive on June 1st of that year. Voters who are made inactive are sent confirmation cards, which the voter can send back to the City Clerk's office to be reinstated as active or to make an address change.

When inactive voters arrive at their polling place and before they are given a ballot, they will be required to show ID (driver's license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, lease, a copy of a voter registration affidavit, or any other printed ID which contains your name and address) and will need to fill out an "Affirmation of Current and Continuous Residence". Once they have filled out the address confirmation, they will given a ballot and allowed to proceed with voting.

Absentee Registration/Ballot Details

If you are not able to come to the City Clerk's office to fill out the absentee ballot application or vote, please read the informational document and registration form below. Please follow the instructions given so that processing your registration will not be delayed.

For Further Information

For further information about voter registration and/or any state elections, please refer to the State of Massachusetts Election Division or contact the City Clerk's office at 978-281-9720.

Archive elections:

Election dates for 2016

Presidential Primary: March 1, 2016
State Primary: September 8, 2016
State Election: November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016 Election OFFICIAL RESULTS
Specimen Ballot November 8, 2016


OFFICIAL RESULTS State Primary, September 8, 2016

Specimen Ballots State Primary Sept. 8, 2016 

Official Election Results March 01, 2016
Jurisdiction wide, all counts all races 
Official Results Ward 1-1
Official Results Ward 1-2
Official Results Ward 2-1
Official Results Ward 2-2
Official Results Ward 3-1
Official Results Ward 3-2
Official Results Ward 4-1
Official Results Ward 4-2
Official Results Ward 5-1
Official Results Ward 5-2

Specimen Ballots for March 1, 2016 Primary:
(Each ward link contains a specimen for the Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, & United Independent ballots. To rotate view in Firefox click the >> button in the top right corner and select rotate counterclockwise; Explorer  right-click the face of the document and select the rotate option).
Ward 1
Ward 2
Ward 3
Ward 4
Ward 5

Election Dates for 2015
September 29, 2015  Preliminary
November 3, 2015    Municipal Election

Municipal Election:    November 3, 2015
Official Election Results
Ward 1
Ward 2
Ward 3
Ward 4
Ward 5

Specimen Ballots for the November 3, 2015 Municipal Election:
Ward 1
Ward 2
Ward 3
Ward 4
Ward 5

September 29, 2015 results:
OFFICIAL Election Results, Mayor & Ward 1 September 29, 2015

Specimen Ballots:

State Election 11/6/2012 Specimen ballot - front
State Election 11/6/2012 Specimen ballot - back
2012 State Primary Specimen Ballots
Specimen Ballot June 25th 2013 Special State Election
2013 Municipal Election Specimen Ballots Wards 1 thru 5
September 9, 2014 State Primary Specimen Ballot
November 4, 2014 State Election Specimen Ballot
September 29, 2015 Municipal Preliminary Election Specimen Ballot

Election Results:
Official election results 2012 State Primary   
Official Election Result State Election 11/6/2012
Special State Election 6/25/2013 Results
(unofficial) Election Results, Municipal Election, 11/5/2013
Official Election Results, Municipal Election, 11/5/2013
Official Election Results (Summary) State Primary September 9, 2014

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