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Elections

Mailing Address

Office Hours Department Contact

Newton City Hall, Room 103
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 796-1350
(617) 796-1214 Fax

Monday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
(Specials hours on election days)
David Olson, City Clerk

Election Commission Members
Marjorie Ann Butler
John P. McDermott, Chair
Nancy M. Levine
Jan Huffman


Online Voter Registration Now Available
Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting the Secretary of the Commonwealth'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.

Annual City Census
Please return your Annual Census Form at your earliest convenience.  Massachusetts Law requires an annual street listing of residents as of January 1st each year (M.G.L. Ch. 51 § 4).  

Responding to the Annual Census keeps your voting status active.  Even if you are not a registered voter, responding to the census will ensure that the City Clerk’s Office can provide you with proof of residency.  Responding to the Census does not register you to vote. 

An accurate count of residents in Newton assists in providing better municipal services.  If you did not receive a pre-printed census form, please click here.


Be Prepared for the March 1st Presidential Primaries

Verify Your Voter Registration Status 

Verify Your Precinct Here

Precinct Locations Here

We are looking for individuals to work at the polls on March 1st.  If you are willing and able, please call the City Clerk's Office at 617-796-1350 for an application and more information.


Applying for an Absentee Ballot:

Criteria:
    Voter must be absent from the City during normal polling hours.
     Voter with physical disability preventing them from going to the polling place.
     Voter's religious belief.

Absentee ballots must be requested in writing and require an original signature. E-mail requests or faxes are not acceptable. For further information regarding absentee ballots click here.

Absentee ballots can be voted over-the-counter at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, during regular office hours.

Absentee ballots can also be obtained, and voted, through the mail: to request an absentee ballot, send a written request to the Election Commission.  Please include in your request your Newton address, the address of where you would like the ballot sent, and the election(s) for which you require absentee ballots.

Requests for absentee ballots may be made up until noon of the day before the election. (However, as a practical matter, if you want the ballot sent outside of Newton, you may want to request the ballot further in advance, so as to allow time for delivery)

It is possible to have a standing order so that absentee ballots for all the elections that you are eligible to vote in are sent to you for up to one year.
Absentee ballots can be voted over-the-counter at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, during regular office hours.Absentee ballots can also be obtained, and voted, through the mail: to request an absentee ballot, send a written request to the Election Commission.  Please include in your request your Newton address, the address of where you would like the ballot sent, and the election(s) for which you require absentee ballots.Requests for absentee ballots may be made up until noon of the day before the election. (However, as a practical matter, if you want the ballot sent outside of Newton, you may want to request the ballot further in advance, so as to allow time for delivery)It is possible to have a standing order so that absentee ballots for all the elections that you are eligible to vote in are sent to you for up to one year.

Download an Absentee Ballot Application
Absentee Ballot Application (PDF)
Peticion de Voto en Ausencia (PDF)

Note: A family member of a person qualified to vote by absentee ballot may apply in the same manner for you. Download and use the application below.
Absentee Ballot Application by a Family Member(PDF)
Peticion de Voto en Ausencia para un Familiar (PDF)


Registering to Vote
You must be registered in order to vote.  To register in Newton you must:
Registering to Vote
You must be registered in order to vote.  To register in Newton you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States,
  • be a legal resident of Newton, and
  • be 18 years old on or before election day.

You must be registered to vote 20 days prior to an election in order to vote in that election. 

Online Voter Registration Now Available

Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting the Secretary of the Commonwealth'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.

or Download a Mail-in Voter Registration Form

Download a Mail in Voter Registration Form here.
You may also register to vote in person at the City Clerk's Office in Newton City Hall.

Formulario de Inscripción de Votante por Correo

For Further information contact: Newton Election Commission at (617) 796-1350.


Most Recent Elections

Municipal Elections 2015

General Municipal Election was held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Official results available Here 

The following candidates were elected: 

Candidate                            
Office Sought
Scott F. Lennon                   Alderman-at-Large, Ward 1
Allan L. Ciccone, Jr.             Alderman-at-Large, Ward 1
Alison Leary                         Ward Alderman, Ward 1
Ellen P. Gibson                     School Committee, Ward 1

Susan S. Albright                 Alderman-at-Large, Ward 2
Jacob Daniel Auchincloss    Alderman-at-Large, Ward 2
Emily Norton                         Ward Alderman, Ward 2
Margaret Albright                 School Committee, Ward 2

Ted Hess-Mahan                  Alderman-at-Large, Ward 3
James R. Cote                      Alderman-at-Large, Ward 3
Barbara Brousal-Glaser       Ward Alderman, Ward 3
Angela Pitter Wright            School Committee, Ward 3

Leonard J. Gentile               Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4
Amy Mah Sangiolo              Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4
John W. Harney                   Ward Alderman, Ward 4
Diana Fisher Gomberg        School Committee, Ward 4

Brian E. Yates                       Alderman-at-large, Ward 5
Deborah J. Crossley             Alderman-at-Large, Ward 5
John B. Rice                          Ward Alderman, Ward 5
Steven Siegel                        School Committee, Ward 5

Victoria Danberg                  Alderman-at-Large, Ward 6
Gregory Schwartz                Alderman-at-large, Ward 6
Richard B. Blazar                 Ward Alderman, Ward 6
Ruth Goldman                      School Committee, Ward 6

Ruthanne Fuller                   Alderman-at-Large, Ward 7
Marc C. Laredo                     Alderman-at-Large, Ward 7
R. Lisle Baker                       Ward Alderman, Ward 7
Matthew Hills                       School Committee, Ward 7

Richard A. Lipof                   Alderman-at-Large, Ward 8
David A. Kalis                       Alderman-at-Large, Ward 8
Cheryl Lipof Lappin              Ward Alderman, Ward 8
Margie Ross Decter              School Committee, Ward 8



The question of forming a Charter Commission was approved

The following candidates for Charter Commission were elected:
   Brooke K. Lipsitt 
   Rhanna Kidwell
   Anne M. Larner
  Joshua Krintzman
  Bryan P. Barash
  Howard M. Haywood
  Christopher Steele
  Jane O'Connor Frantz
 
  Karen Manning
  

   

Resource Material
    The Charter Commission timeline and process
    A Guide for Home Rule Charter Commissions
    Newton's Current Charter
    Mass General Laws Chapter 43B



Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council Election was held on November 3, 2015.
The following individuals have been elected to the area council:

  Candidate                Votes    
  Rodney Barker          299
  Groot Gregory           283
  Robert Burke             278
  Barbara Darnell         272

  Steven Feinstein        270
  Srdjan Nedeljkovic    261
  Amy Wayne                  48
  Nathaniel Lichtin         44
 

Newton Upper Falls Neighborhood Area Council Election was held on November 3, 2015.
The top nine voter getters have been elected to the area council:

   Candidate                Votes    
   Anil Adyanthaya      140
   Marie T. Jackson      129
   Jack Neville              127
   Susan Huffman        123
   Jennifer Kohl            117

   Julie Irish                 113
   Maxine Bridger        107
   Nina Kochs               106
   Jeffrey Riklin           103 

    Mark Bridger               97

    Kim Hokanson            79


Waban Neighborhood Area Council Election will be held on November 3, 2015.
The following nine individuals have been elected to the area council:
 
    Candidate                                Votes    
    Joseph Corkery                     135

    Sallee Lipshutz                      130
    Kathryn Winters                    130
    Christopher B. Pitts              130
    Andrea Downs                       130
    Pia K. Bertelli                         125
    Isabelle Albeck                      123
    Rena L. Getz                           123
    Maureen E. Reilly Meagher   102


Newtonville Neighborhood Area Council Election was held on September 27, 2015.
A list of Streets included in the Newtonville Neighborhood Area Council can be found
HERE.
A map of the Area included in the Newtonville Neighborhood Area Council can be found
HERE.

The top nine vote getters in the Newtonville Neighborhood Area Council Election will be sworn in in January.
There were 296 Ballots Cast:

   Candidate                    Votes
   Timothy D. Stone        186
   Thomas D. Kraus         161
   Marc D. Kaufman        155
   Joyce H. Huber            143
   Wayne Koch                 134
   Helen K. Sroat              131
   Susan Reisler               129
   Peter Bruce                  127
   Colleen M. Minaker     118

John D. Vasilakis            109
Helen D. Nayar              108
Lois Biener                     99

Preliminary Election was held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 

See Unofficial Election Night Results HERE 
See Unofficial Voter Turnout totals
HERE

The Candidates had:

Jacob Daniel Auchincloss   2054
Susan S. Albright                 1993        
Marcia T. Johnson               1667         
Lynne Lise LeBlanc             1295     
Jessica C. Barton                     556
        

The top four vote getters will appear on the November 3, 2015 Municipal Ballot

A sample of the ballot used in the Thursday, September 17, 2015 Preliminary Election can be viewed
HERE

Massachusetts State Election
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

See the Unofficial Elections Results Here

Specimen Ballot for the 10th Middlesex District. (Ward 1, Precincts 1 & 4). Click Here

Specimen Ballot for the 11th Middlesex District. (Ward 1, Precincts 2 & 3; Wards 2, 3 & 4; and Ward 7, Precinct 2). Click Here

Specimen Ballot for the 12th Middlesex District. (Wards 5, 6 & 8; and Ward 7, Precincts 1, 3 & 4). Click Here

Massachusetts State Primaries

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Massachusetts State Primary - Official Results: Click Here


Newton Ward 3 Ward Alderman, (Ward 3 Only),
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ward 3 Alderman - Official Results: Click Here



2013 Municipal Election Information
General Municipal Election for Mayor, Aldermen and School Committee
Held on November 5, 2013
View the Official Election Results
HERE

For Further information contact:

Newton City Clerk's Office at (617) 796-1350.