November 2, 2021 Municipal Election Information

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The next election in Amesbury is Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 2nd. Voters can vote in-person or by mail for this election.

Election Date: Tuesday, November 2
Polling Hours: 7:00:00 AM – 8:00:00 PM
Polling Location: Amesbury High School, 5 Highland Street

* Please note, masks / face coverings are required as our polling place is in a school building. *

Ballot Questions: The November 2nd election includes two ballot questions regarding the City’s charter.

Question 1: Shall an act passed by the General Court in the year 2021 entitled ‘An Act Amending the Charter of the City of Amesbury to increase the term of the Mayor to 4 Years’ be accepted?
Summary: The City’s Home Rule Charter currently provides that the Mayor shall be elected for a term of two years. If this question is approved (yes vote), the Charter would be amended to provide the Mayor with a four-year term beginning with the subsequent municipal election in November 2023.

Question 2: Shall an act passed by the General Court in the year 2021 entitled ‘An Act Amending the Charter of the City of Amesbury Relative to the Position of School Committee Chair’ be accepted?
Summary: The City’s Home Rule Charter currently provides that the Mayor shall be a member of the School Committee and shall also serve as chair of the Committee. If this question is approved (yes vote), the Charter would be amended to provide that the Mayor is a member of the School Committee, but the Committee would have the option to choose its own chair from among its members. If approved, this section shall take effect on January 1, 2022.

Sample Ballots
District 1 | District 2 | District 3 | District 4 | District 5 | District 6

Voting Districts
If you’re unsure which district you are in, 
you can check the alphabetical street list with districts here.

Candidate Debates
Watch the candidates answer questions and debate on various issues.

If you voted by absentee before October 27th, please read this and contact the City Clerk with any questions.

Voter Registration

To be able to vote in the Municipal Election on November 2nd, voters must register in advance no later than 8:00:00 PM on Wednesday, October 13th - THIS DEADLINE HAS ALREADY PASSED. Registration can be done by mail, in person at City Hall or online. If you’re unsure about your voter registration status, you can check your status here.

Ballot Testing

Ballot testing is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 21st at 9AM at City Hall. The Clerk's Office fills out sample ballots, hand counts them, and then the Board of Registrars run them through all ballot counting machines to make sure the machines are working properly.

How Can I Vote?

Registered voters can vote by mail with an absentee ballot, in person through early voting or in person on Election Day voting.

Absentee Ballots
Applications for absentee ballots may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by e-mail. Absentee ballots must be requested by the voter or the voter’s family member. 
Click here for information on voting if you are in the military or an overseas U.S. citizen. Please click here for an absentee ballot application. Mail-in absentee ballots must be requested by 5pm on October 27th and in-person absentee ballots must be requested by Noon on Monday, November 1st. The absentee ballot must be received by the City Clerk's Office by 8:00:00 PM on Tuesday, November 2nd in order to be counted.

Early Voting (In-Person)
Any registered voter may vote early for the Municipal Election in the Clerk’s Office at City Hall during business hours.

Election Day Polling & Accessibility (In-Person)
Amesbury’s polling place for all residents is Amesbury High School, 5 Highland Street, in the cafeteria. Handicapped parking is available in the parking spots closest to the cafeteria entrance. Those needing an accessible entrance for wheelchairs, strollers, etc will be directed to enter the high school via the ramp to the right of the cafeteria.

Voting / Ballot Accessibility
For voters who are visually impaired or who have trouble holding a pen / filling in a ballot, there is an AutoMARK machine available for use. The AutoMARK is able to read the ballot to a voter through headphones, magnify the ballot text, and mark the ballot for those who need it. Any voter may use the AutoMARK machine. All voters will check in at their district tables upon arrival, and let the poll worker know that you would like to use the AutoMARK to vote and you will be directed to the machine. We also have handheld magnifiers and lights available at each district check-in table.

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 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 from the City Clerk's Office, click here.


  • I applied for an absentee ballot but I never received it. Can I come vote on Election Day?
    • Yes! If you never received your absentee ballot, you can come vote on election day in person. Anytime someone comes in to vote, our Election workers check your name in our voter list books, and that’s where they can see if you requested a vote by mail ballot, and if that ballot was returned to us.
  • I have my absentee ballot (I haven't mailed it or dropped it off yet), but I'd like to vote in person instead. Can I do that?
    • Yes! If you change your mind and decide to vote in person on election day, you can bring your absentee ballot with you and give it to the election workers at check-in. Since your ballot hasn’t been processed yet, they can take it and spoil it, and give you a ballot to vote in person on election day.
  • I mailed my absentee ballot, but I'm worried it won’t be received by 8PM on Election Day. Can I come vote in person on Election Day?
    • If you mail back your absentee ballot, but you track it with the online system and it hasn’t been tallied yet and you’re worried that your ballot won’t get here in time, you can come to the polls on election day. During check in, the election workers will confirm if your ballot has been processed yet, and if it hasn’t you can vote on election day. If somehow your ballot makes it to the Clerk’s Office on election day through the mail, it will be brought over to the polling place and checked against the list. Every ballot that the Clerk’s Office receives on election day is brought to the polling place and is checked in, the same way you check in to vote in person. So if you come and vote on election day and then your ballot does actually make it to us in time to be counted, we’ll see that you came and voted in person and we’ll spoil the absentee ballot.