Municipal Election 2017
2017 Election dates are as follows:
Preliminary Election: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
General Municipal Election: Tuesday November 7, 2017
The Voter Registration Deadline for the September 19, 2017 Preliminary is August 30, 2017 at 8pm. The City Clerk's office will remain open until 8pm on August 30 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.
Next Election date is November 7, 2017.
Candidates who wish to run for Office in the 2017 Municipal Election are welcome to take out nomination papers beginning April 10, 2017 in the City Clerk's Office, City Hall 9 Dale Ave., during business hours.
Deadline to submit the nomination papers for certification to the Registrar of Voters is August 1, 2017, 5:00pm.
Races on the ballot will include: Mayor, Councilor at Large, Ward Councilor, and School Committee.
Certified signatures required to be on the ballot are as follows:
Councilor at Large 150
Ward Councilor 75 (ward specific)
School Committee 150
It is recommended to submit 20% over the required amount of signatures in the event not all signatures are certifiable.
Contact the Clerk's Office for more information on the process @ 978-281-9720 #6.
Campaign Finance Questions for those running in Municipal Elections can view the Campaign 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 7am to 8pm 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 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30th, 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 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.
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 clerk's office to fill out the absentee ballot application or vote, 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.
Presidential Primary: March 1, 2016
State Primary: September 8, 2016
State Election: 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).
Election Dates for 2015
September 29, 2015 Preliminary
November 3, 2015 Municipal Election
Municipal Election: November 3, 2015
Official Election Results
Specimen Ballots for the November 3, 2015 Municipal Election:
September 29, 2015 results:
OFFICIAL Election Results, Mayor & Ward 1 September 29, 2015
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
OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS, NOVEMBER 4, 2014
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