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2015  Town of Chelmsford Political Calendar


The Town Clerk shall not furnish blank forms for nomination of candidates for town office to any person other than a candidate seeking such nomination or a person presenting the signed authorization of a candidate to secure said forms on his behalf.

MGL c. 53 § 17.

Each candidate shall file with the Town Clerk prior to obtaining blank nomination papers, a statement containing his name and address, and the office for which he intends to be a candidate. MGL c. 53 § 9A.

No candidate for town office shall receive more blank nomination papers than will contain the number of signatures required to place his name in nomination, multiplied by five. (Eight blank  nomination papers for Town Wide Candidates; Four blank nomination papers for Town Meeting Representative Candidates)

Every nomination paper must contain the written acceptance of the candidate.

MGL c. 53 § 9.

Nominations Papers available for Town Wide Offices and new Town Meeting Members:  Town Office Candidates must obtain at least 50 signatures by Chelmsford registered voters (MGL 53 § 6) Town Meeting Representative candidates must obtain at least 25 signatures (Town Charter 2-3b) from registered voters from the Precinct they wish to represent. (It is recommended to obtain  at least 10 additional signatures)

Monday, January 5, 2015


Deadline for submission of Citizen Petition Warrant Article for 2015 Spring Annual Town Meeting

Monday, January 5, 2015  - 4:00 pm

Year-end Campaign Finance Reports due (reporting period April 22, 2014 through December 31, 2014)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015  - 4:00 pm

Last Day for Town Meeting Representatives who are candidates for  re-election  to submit written notice to Town Clerk  ( MGL c. 53 § 10) 21 days before prior to last day  and hour for filing with Town Clerk

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – 5:00 pm

Last day to obtain blank nomination papers (MGL c. 53 § 9A) 51 days before election and 4 days (i.e., 48 weekday hours) prior to submissions to Board of Registrars. If deadline is a Sunday or holiday, deadline is following day.

Thursday  February 12, 2015  -  5:00 pm

Last day for candidates to file nomination papers with Board of Registrars (Town Meeting Representatives and Town Wide Offices) (MGL c. 53 § 7) (Town Charter 2-3 b) 49 days before election (14 days before filing with Town Clerk)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 -5:00 pm

Last day for Board of Registrars to file nomination papers with Town Clerk (MGL c. 53 §10) 35 days before election

Tuesday, March  3, 2015,  5:00 pm

Last day for Board of Selectmen to submit written notice of ballot question(s) to Town Clerk (MGL c. 54§42C ) at least 35 days prior to election

Tuesday, March  3, 2015,  5:00 pm

Last day to object or withdraw papers (MGL c. 53 § 11) 33 days before election

Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:00 pm

Drawing of names for ballot positions (Special Act 1975 Chap. 529)

Friday, March 6, 2015  10 am

Last day to register voters for Town Election MGL c. 51 §§ 26, 28 –

20 days before Election

Wednesday, March 18 , 2015

Office of the Town Clerk open from 8:30am to 8 pm

Last day and hour to submit ‘8-day’ pre-election Campaign Finance Reports for Annual Town Election Candidates. Report all activity from January 1, 2015 to March 20, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015,  4:00 pm

Last day to post Town Election Warrant  (MGL c. 39 § 10) 7 days (before Town Election)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Last day and hour to file an absentee ballot request for the Annual Town Election

Monday, April 6, 2015 -  12 noon

Annual Town Election

Polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Representative Spring Annual Town Meeting

Begins Monday, April 27, 2015

Last day and hour to submit ‘30-day’post-election Campaign Finance Reports for Annual Town Election Candidates.  Report all activity from March 21, 2015 to April 28, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:00 pm

Deadline for submission of Citizen Petition Warrant Article for 2015 Fall Annual Town Meeting


August 3, 2015 -  4:00 pm


Representative Fall  Annual Town Meeting

Begins Monday, October 19, 2015


Year-end Campaign Finance Reports due. Report all activity from April 29, 2015 to December 31, 2015

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Become an Election Worker!

The Town Clerk's Office is looking for enthusiastic individuals who can work at the upcoming elections.  If you are interested in this paid opportunity, please complete an Election Worker Profile and submit it to the Town Clerk's Office.