Voter Calendar

Welcome to the “Well Informed Voter Calendar.” This is a month-by-month guide to key dates, resources for voters and processes for 2018 including:

  • Town meeting
  • Town election
  • Primary Elections
  • General Elections 

The calendar also suggests opportunities for citizens to get more involved in Town government. 

The PDF iconWell Informed Voter Calendar appears below and includes many helpful embedded links which are in red. You can also download the Well Informed Voter Calendar as a 4-page PDF document.

DATE/EVENT

LOCATION/TIME

OTHER DETAILS

January 2018

   

Hingham Planning Board holds public hearings on proposed warrant articles seeking changes in zoning code

The Hingham Planning Board meets at Town Hall, generally 3-4 times/month. Meeting dates are posted at Hingham-ma.com

Establishment of municipal planning boards is authorized by Massachusetts General Law, chapter 41, section 81A. Planning Board forms and documents, as well as meeting agendas and minutes, are available at Planning Board tab under “General Administration” menu at www.hingham-ma.org

Nomination papers available for those seeking to run for a Town Elected Office

Nomination papers available at Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours

50 signatures of Hingham residents required. Papers must be returned 49 days prior to the April 28th Town election

1/20: Cut-off for submission of Town Warrant articles

Contact the Hingham Assistant Town Administrator for questions and to submit Warrant Articles. Also, see the Town Meeting page on the Hingham Town website.

A guide to “How to Submit a Citizen Petition for Town Meeting” can be found on the LWV Hingham website. https://my.lwv.org/massachusetts/hingham

Respond to the annual Town Census (mailed to all households in early-mid January)

You will receive a request to update your household data.

Town census data helps the Town Clerk’s office keep voting roles up-to-date; it is used by the School Committee for planning; and more.  

February

   

2/28: Warrant Review

Town Hall/ 7 to 9 PM

Open to Public; Sponsored by LWV Hingham; Warrant Review is recorded by Harbor Media (also known as HCAM) and posted on the Town Meeting page of the LWV Hingham website.

March

   

REGISTER TO VOTE ahead of April Town Meeting and Town Election

The Hingham Town Clerk’s Office accepts voter registration over-the-counter, by mail, or electronically.

Unregistered, new to town or need to update your registration? Deadline is 20 days prior to Town Meeting. To register online, go to: www.registertovotema.com  

Apply for Absentee Ballot (no later than noon 4-27) if you will be away on April 28th

You can apply for AND cast your absentee ballot in person at Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall during normal business hours. Deadline is noon the day before the election.

Secretary of the Commonwealth maintains a web page with instructions, forms and deadlines to submit an absentee ballot: www.sec.state.ma.us  Click on: “Elections and Voting”

Anytime: Volunteer to be an election officer for this year’s elections

Call Town Clerk at
781-741-1410

Each year the Town is looking for new people to serve at polling places as Election Officers. Training is provided by the Town Clerk’s office.

April

   

4/4: Candidates Night-Meet the Candidates

Town Hall/ 7 – 9 PM

Open to the Public: Useful one-stop preparation for April Town Election; Sponsored by LWV Hingham; Will be recorded by Harbor Media (also known as HCAM) and posted on the Candidates Night page of the LWV-Hingham website . 

Apply for Absentee Ballot if you will be away on April 28th

You can apply for AND cast your absentee ballot in person at Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall

Secretary of the Commonwealth maintains a web page with instructions, forms and deadlines to submit an absentee ballot. www.sec.state.ma.us Click on: “Elections and Voting”

4/23: Town Meeting

Hingham High School—Registered voters check in by 6:30 PM for prompt start at 7 PM

Town Meeting is true democracy in action! For a Guide to Open Town Meeting go to Town Meeting Resources page of the LWV Hingham website.

4/23: Fill Out Talent Bank Application Form to Volunteer to Serve on a Town Committee

Pick up an application at Town Meeting or apply anytime online using Talent Bank Application on-line form available at www.hingham-ma.gov.

For a list of the many town committees staffed by citizen volunteers go to www.hingham-ma.gov and click on Government tab

4/28: Town Election

  • Precinct 1-4: High School;
  • Precinct 5-6: Middle School;
  • Precinct 5A: Oakleaf Clubhouse, Linden Ponds
  • 7 AM to 9 PM

For Town Elections, there is no Early Voting Period. If unsure of your election precinct, follow link under “Precincts & Voting Locations” on web page of Town Clerk at https://www.hingham-ma.gov/

June

   

Register to vote ahead of September Primary

The Town Clerk’s Office in Hingham Town Hall accepts voter registration over-the-counter, by mail, or electronically.

Deadline to register is 20 days ahead of election. To register online, go to: www.sec.state.ma.us  (or follow link on Town Clerk page at www.Hingham-ma.gov)

July

   

7/4: Independence Day Parade

Main Street/Downtown Hingham

Celebrate Our Republic!! (Yes—we are a republic. In the US we generally elect representatives, and decide policy on an indirect basis, consistent with a republic. Hingham Town meeting is an exception.)

August

   

[TBD]: LWV MA Primary Voters’ Guide, “VOTE411”

The LWV Hingham will post link to guide when it is available

The LWV MA “VOTE411” Guide to candidates in all party primary elections will feature candidate responses to a LWV questionnaire

September

   

9/4: State Primary Election

Note: Sec of State has asked legislature to fund a 5-day early voting period for primary.

  • Precinct 1-4: High School;
  • Precinct 5-6: Middle School;
  • Precinct 5A: Oakleaf Clubhouse, Linden Ponds
  • 7 AM to 9 PM

If unsure of your election precinct, follow link under “Precincts & Voting Locations” on web page of Hingham Town Clerk at www.hingham-ma.gov

In September, the Hingham Advisory Committee begins its review of Warrant articles for 2019 Town meeting. (The Advisory Committee functions as the finance committee for the town.)

Town Hall/Tuesday evenings as posted: All Advisory Committee meetings are open public meetings. The Committee meets with increasing (weekly) frequency from December through Town Meeting.

The Advisory Committee consists of 15 Town residents, appointed by Town Moderator to staggered terms of 3 years each. Each member serves no more than 2 terms. Agenda/Minutes of Advisory Committee Meetings posted at www.Hingham-ma.gov.

[9/28]National Voter Registration Day— Encourage any new neighbors to update their voter registration.

Online: www.sec.state.ma.us  or in person at Town Clerk’s office. Deadline is 20 days prior to election.

In MA, 16 and 17-year old’s can now pre-register, so they will be on the voting rolls and ready-to-vote at 18.

October

   

Get familiar with the candidates for the many positions on the November ballot

To learn more about who is running, sources include: www.sec.state.ma.us  and www.ballotpedia.org

LWV MA expects to again produce Watch for LWV Hingham “Op Ed” series in the Hingham Journal, designed to help prepare voters for the November election

Review the referendum questions that will be on the November ballot. Questions are often complex, but are important, as they can create new law.

One non-party affiliated website that can inform you about ballot measures is: www.ballotpedia.org

In 2016, an Election Ballot Debate Series focused on the then 4 ballot questions, organized by WBUR/UMass/Boston Globe was helpful. This may be done again for 2018. Stay tuned!

10/22: Early Voting Hours begin for the November election

Town Hall during normal business hours (NOTE: some extended hours may be added)

M-W-Th  8:30 am-4:30 pm
Tues       8:30 am-7 pm
Fri          8:30 am-1 pm

Early Voting for State and National Elections was initiated in MA in 2016, based on a comprehensive election reform package supported by the LWV-MA and passed by the legislature in 2014.

Consider joining the LWV-Hingham

More information is on the  LWV Hingham website.

Associate membership in LWV Hingham is available to those under age 18

November

   

11/8: ELECTION DAY

  • Precinct 1-4: High School;
  • Precinct 5-6: Middle School;
  • Precinct 5A: Oakleaf Clubhouse, Linden Ponds
  • 7 AM to 9 PM.  
  • If unsure of your election precinct, follow link under “Precincts & Voting Locations” on web page of Town Clerk at www.hingham-ma.gov

In 2018, MA voters will vote for:

  • One of our US Senators;
  • US Representatives;
  • Governor/Lt. Governor;
  • Sec. of Commonwealth;
  • Attorney General;
  • State Treasurer;
  • Auditor;
  • Governor’s Council;
  • State Senator;
  • State Representative;
  • 1 or 2 County Commissioners;
  • District Attorney;
  • Register of Deeds;
  • Clerk of Courts.

There also will be Ballot Questions for voters to evaluate.

December

   

12/1: Deadline to submit zoning articles (for 2019 Town Meeting) to Planning Board

This preliminary step is required for all zoning articles ahead of the January 20 cut off

Statutory requirement: MA General Law Part 1 Title VII Chapter 40A Section 5