2022 ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION

Offices to be filled in the 2022 Election

  • Moderator for One Year
  • Two Select Board for Three Years
  • One Assessor for Three Years
  • One Member Board of Health for Three Years
  • One Member Board of Health for One Year
  • Two Members of Planning Board for Three Years
  • One Member of Planning Board for One Year - current member appointed due to vacancy
  • Two Members of School Committee for Three Years        
  • Two Trustee of the Public Library for Three Years            
  • One Member of Housing Authority for Five Years            

 Town Meeting Members - In Precincts 1-8:  There shall be elected 8 town meeting members in 8 Precincts for a total of sixty four (64) Town Meeting Members elected on March 19, 2022   Each term will be a 3 year term;

 The notification deadline for incumbent Town Meeting Members to notify the Town Clerk is not until January 21, 2022.

Nominees to date:

Obtaining Nomination Papers

Nomination papers for interested candidates who are NOT currently holding public office can be obtained by stopping by the Winchester Town Clerk Office in person 

With the continued challenges arising as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have outlined some guidelines and suggestions below to help candidates navigate the collection of signatures. Please contact our office at any time if you have any questions. We are open to the public 40 hrs. per week.

Obtaining signatures: What is allowed? 

  • Multiple signature pages – candidates are not required to fill nomination pages with signatures. Each signer may have their own nomination paper form.
  • Town Clerk will be providing you as many copies of your nomination papers as you would like.

Obtaining signatures: What is not allowed?

  • Electronic signatures are not allowed for town offices.
  •  All signatures must be in ink. 
  • Time Extensions. There are no extended deadlines approved by Massachusetts State for the obtaining of nomination signatures
  • Reduction of Signatures. The number of signatures required remains the same 50 Town Wide and 10 for Town Meeting.

Suggestions for Obtaining Signatures:

  • Candidates can set up a table at a post office (or other public place) such as the Transfer Station McKay Ave but include fresh pens, gloves and sanitizer. Contact Town Manager’s Office for Transfer Station permission.
  • Some candidates are announcing the locations of supporters who have covered porches and letting people drop by to sign.  Candidates can set specific hours to sign so their nomination papers don't stay unsupervised for long hours
  • Advertise designated signing areas/times through social media or mail
  • Good Luck to all 

2022 TOWN ELECTION CALENDAR

December 23, 2021 - 8:00AMNomination papers available at Town Clerk’s office
January 20, 2022 - 5:00PM

Year-end Campaign Finance Reports due (previous town-wide candidates and ballot question committees with available funds) (MGL 55§18) 

January 21, 2022 - 5:00PM

Last day for Incumbent Town Meeting Member to become a candidate for re-election, by giving written notice to the Town Clerk (MGL 53§10); Home Rule Charter Article 2 Section 2-3(b) 

January 26, 2022 - 5:00PMLast day to obtain nomination papers (MGL 53§9A)
January 28, 2022 - 5:00 PM

Last day to submit nomination papers to Registrars of Voters for certification (MGL 53§7)

February 11, 2022 - 5:00PM

Last day for Registrars to file nomination papers with Town Clerk (MGL 53§10)
* Last day for Select Board to give written notice to Town Clerk of exact wording of a Prop 2-1/2 ballot question (MGL 54§42C)

February 15, 2022 - 5:00PM Last day to object to or withdraw from candidacy (MGL 55B§7)
February 16, 2022 - 4:00PM

Ballot Position Drawing at Town Clerk’s Office (Charter 7-11(b)

February 17, 2022 - 8:00AMBallot goes to the printer
February 25, 2022 - 8:00 PMDeadline to Register to Vote
March 11, 2022 

Campaign Finance Reports Due (town-wide candidates who have formed a candidate committee for the town election)  (MGL 55§18)

March 18, 2022 - 12 NoonDeadline to apply for Absentee Ballot (MGL 54§89)
Saturday, March 19, 2022
(Code of By-Laws 3:1) 
ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION
Polls Open 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Code of By-laws 3§2)
April 8, 2022

Campaign Finance Reports Due (town-wide candidates) (MGL 55§18)


Town Meeting Members

The nomination process for Town Meeting Members will also begin on December 23, 2021. The Town Clerk’s Office notifies each Incumbent Town Meeting Member that their term is expiring. If they are interested to run again, they are required to mail in the form  the Town Clerk’s sends to them or respond to the online signup.  For any NEW candidate interested in a Town Member Member position, they must pull nomination papers with the Town Clerk during normal business hours. 

Town Meeting Member Incumbent Notice

Eligibility to Run for Public Office

In order to be eligible to run for public office, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • You must be a registered voter in Winchester in order to pull papers for public office. 
  • You must come into Town Hall prior to register as an official candidate for public office; we need your signature, you cannot send a friend or family member on your behalf. 
  • Must circulate a nomination petition with 50 signatures of voters in Winchester who sign to support your candidacy.
  • Return your papers to the Town Clerk’s Office for approval, based on Election Calendar. 
  • Decide if you will establish a Candidate Committee to promote your election campaign or not.
  • Get out the vote!

Office of Campaign and Political Finance

Click here for information on running a campaign for public office.  

If you have any questions on the required forms, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at townclerk@winchester.us