Town Election will be Postponed, Absentee Ballot Application Pick-Up Available at Town Offices
Today, the Essex County Superior Court approved the Town’s request to postpone the Annual Town Election (originally scheduled for March 24, 2020) due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The Select Board will consider as early as Monday, March 23, 2020setting a new date for the Annual Town Election . Once a new date is set for this election, it will be communicated on the Town’s website, as well as other platforms.
Absentee ballots that have already been submitted will still count, despite the date of the election being changed. Voters self-quarantined due to COVID-19 may continue to vote by absentee ballot now and at any point before the election is held.
To vote absentee, voters must submit an absentee ballot application. Absentee ballot applications can also be found online and submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Absentee ballot applications are also available at Andover Town Offices, 36 Bartlet Street, in the ground floor entrance. These applications can be obtained between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Completed applications can be deposited in a secure box located next to the applications. Alternatively, voters can bring the applications home to complete and mail to the Town Clerk’s Office at 36 Bartlet Street.
After receiving completed applications, the Town Clerk’s Office will mail voters an absentee ballot. Then, voters should return their completed absentee ballots by mailing them to the Town Clerk’s Office at 36 Bartlet Street or by dropping them into the Town’s drop box located at 36 Bartlet Street.
Visit www.andoverma.gov/absentee for more information.
Questions can be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office by email or by phone at (978) 623-8230.
Voters will elect one Moderator for a one-year term, one Select Board member for a three-year term, one School Committee member for a three-year term, one member of the Housing Authority for a five-year term, and two Trustees of the Punchard Free School for three-year terms.
Precincts 1 and 3, which have in past elections voted at the Senior Center, will vote at the Youth Center on Whittier Court. This change in polling location is due to the renovation project underway at the Senior Center. Precincts 4, 5 and 6 will vote at the Wood Hill Middle School. Precincts 2, 7 (including sub-precinct 7A), 8 and 9 will vote at the Andover High School Field House on Shawsheen Road.
Residents can search their precinct by visiting: www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/
Voters can check their voter registration status on the Secretary of State’s web site at www.sec.state.ma.us or by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at (978) 623-8230.