Elections

Ballot Information & Election Results

Ballot information, election results, and other updates will be posted under the Clerk's News and Announcements page as soon as they are available.

Polling Location

On Election Day, everyone votes at Amesbury High School, 5 Highland Street. Polling hours are 7 am - 8 pm. If you don't know what district you are in, you can check the online street and district list (PDF).

Please contact the City Clerk's Office ahead of time if you have questions about accommodations and accessibility. Several handicap accessible parking spots will be available at the high school. There is also a machine available called the AutoMARK that can read the ballot to you through headphones, magnify the ballot text, and mark the ballot for you. Handheld magnifiers and lights can be requested at the check in tables. Please do not hesitate to ask an election worker if you need any assistance.

Registration

You can see if you are registered to vote by going to the Secretary of State's website.

If you have not registered to vote, you may do so at the Clerk's Office in City Hall or online. You can only be a registered voter in one place and should register at the address you consider to be your primary residence.

The deadline to register to vote in any election is twenty (20) days prior to the date of the election.

  1. 2022 Election Dates
  2. Election Results

2022 Elections

DateInformation
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 7:00 AM-8:00 PMState Primary Election- Amesbury High School
Tuesday November 8, 2022 7:00 AM-8:00 PMState Election- Amesbury High School

*Ballot testing dates subject to change depending on Board of Registrars availability and when supplies are received.

Interested in Becoming an Election Worker?

The Board of Registrars are always accepting election worker applications. If you are interested in helping the City continue to conduct fair and transparent elections, please return the form to the City Clerk's Office. 

Nomination Papers

Certified signatures of at least fifty (50) voters are the minimum necessary for placement on the preliminary ballot for Mayor, Councilor at Large, School Committee, Planning Board, Library Trustees and Housing Authority and at least twenty-five (25) voters for District Councilors (City Charter, Part VII, S 7-2(a)). Board of Registrars need not certify more names than required plus 20%.

Preliminary Election - Determining Candidates for Municipal Election

Per City Charter Section 7-1, "…there shall be held a preliminary election for the purpose of nominating candidates, if necessary, to assure that no more than twice the number of candidates for the available offices appear on the regular municipal election ballot."

After the deadline for turning in nomination papers has passed, it will be determined whether or not the City will hold a preliminary election based on the number of eligible candidates.

Early Voting

In Person Early Voting will be held for both the State Primary and General Election in 2022.

Vote by Mail

Massachusetts voters now have the option to vote early by mail in all State and Federal Elections, with no excuse required. To request your Vote by Mail ballot, submit a signed application to the City Clerk's Office. 

Absentee Ballot Requests

A registered voter who will be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to: (1) absence from the voter's city or town during normal polling hours; or (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief can apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed.

  • One week before the election at 5 pm- Last day and hour to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed.
  • Day before the election at noon- Last hour and day to apply for absentee ballots to be filled out in person.

Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by email. Visit the Secretary of State website for an absentee ballot application.

The absentee ballot must be returned to the City Clerk's Office by close of the polls on election day.

Visit the Secretary of State for information on voting if you are in the military or an overseas U.S. citizen.

What Does "U" or "Unenrolled" Mean?

When registering to vote, you have the option of choosing "unenrolled" under party enrollment or designation. This is commonly referred to as "independent" and means you are not enrolled in a party but are a registered voter. You will still be allowed to vote in a party primary if you are listed as unenrolled and will just have to notify the poll worker of which party's ballot you would like to use. You will not need to change back to "unenrolled" after choosing a party ballot at a primary. Unenrolled does not mean that you are not registered to vote.

Have You Moved?

You must update your voter registration every time you move, even within the same city. If you have moved, you can update your registration by filling out a new voter registration form (PDF) and returning it to the City Clerk's Office or by making the change online.

For more information, you can also visit the Massachusetts Elections Division website. If you have questions about elections or voter eligibility, please call the City Clerk's Office at 978-388-8100. For election results and other news visit the City Clerk's Office.