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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

Municipal Elections 2015
Preliminary Election will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 
The preliminary will be held citywide to reduce the number of candidates running for Alderman-at-Large, Ward 2.

General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Nomination papers to run for Alderman-at-Large, Ward Alderman, and School Committee are available in the City Clerk's Office and must be returned by 5:00 pm on July 30, 2015.

The question of forming a Charter Commission and electing its members will be on the November 3, 2015 municipal ballot
A Charter Commission, if approved by the voters, will review Newton's City Charter and suggest changes that will be presented to Newton voters for approval at the Municipal Election in 2017.
Nomination papers for those seeking to serve on the Charter Commission, should it be approved, are now available in the City Clerk's Office and must be returned by September 22, 2015.

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


Newtonville Neighborhood Area Council Election will be held on September 27, 2015.
Nomination Papers are now available in the City Clerk's Office and must be returned by August 12, 2015.



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.

Nomination Papers for 2015 Municipal Elections Now Available
Nomination Papers for the 2015 Municipal Elections are now available in the City Clerk's Office at Newton City Hall.  Aldermen-at-Large, Ward Aldermen and School Committee seats are all up for election this fall.  Nomination papers must be returned by July 30, 2015.

Candidates that have turned in their nomination papers and have enough certified signatures as of July 29, 2015 include: 

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
Allan Ciccone, Sr.                 Ward Alderman, Ward 1
Ellen P. Gibson                     School Committee, Ward 1
Marcia T. Johnson               Alderman-at-Large, Ward 2
Susan S. Albright                Alderman-at-Large, Ward 2
Jacob Daniel Auchincloss   Alderman-at-Large, Ward 2
Jessica C. Barton                 Alderman-at-Large, Ward 2
Lynne Lise LeBlanc              Alderman-at-Large, Ward 2
Emily Norton                        Ward Alderman, Ward 2
Cyrus Vaghar                       School Committee, Ward 2
Margaret Albright                School Committee, Ward 2
Ted Hess-Mahan                  Alderman-at-Large, Ward 3
James R. Cote                      Alderman-at-Large, Ward 3
Julia Malakie                        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
Christopher Pitts                  Alderman-at-Large, Ward 5
John B. Rice                          Ward Alderman, Ward 5
Susan Huffman                     School Committee, 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
Frank Wolpe                         Alderman-at-Large, Ward 8
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


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.


Verify Your Voter Registration Status 

Verify Your Precinct Here

Precinct Locations Here

If you are interested in Working at the Polls, 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.

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It should be noted that the criteria for absentee voting in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not include legal provisions for Mail-In Voting or Early Voting.

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 Election Commission, Room 106 of 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 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:

  • 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

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.

If you registered to vote by mail and have never voted in a state election, please bring identification with you to the polls on Election Day.

The City Census

In January of each year the Election Commission conducts a census of the population of the City of Newton. The results of this census are sent to the school department and the jury commission. If you have not yet returned your census form, you can reply by calling (617) 796-1350.

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