As of June 22, 2022, an election reform law titled “The VOTES Act” was signed into law. Effective immediately, early voting by mail is available for all state elections, state primaries, and presidential primaries.
The State will be sending a vote by mail application card to each registered voter in July 2022. Application cards can be returned by US Mail, placed in the secure drop box at the bottom of the front steps to Town Hall or directly to the Clerk’s Office. Ballots will be sent as soon as they are available.
We are always looking for Poll Workers, anyone interested should contact the Town Clerk, Cathy Ellsworth at [email protected] Please include your name, address, phone and email contact information and she will reach out to you.
Poll Worker hours are generally from 6:45am – 8:15pm. (Election polls are open from 7am-8pm), with several breaks throughout the day.
The initial primary function for new Poll Workers is to check voters either in or out at the polls, once you are comfortable, there may be option to move to other functions throughout the day.
The State has set the 2022 State Primary date for Tuesday, Sept 6, 2022 and the State Election for Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022. All Danvers voters vote at Danvers High School. Polling hours are 7:00am-8:00pm.
The next local election is Tuesday, May 2, 2023
For questions, please reach out to the Town Clerk’s Office at 978 777 0001 x3051 or x3049
Danvers is divided into eight Precincts consisting of 18 Town Meeting Members for a 3-year term. Each year, 6 Members are up for re-election in May at the Annual Town Election.
There are a total of 149 Town Meeting Members including the 5 Select Board Members
Those who are interested in running for a Town Meeting seat may obtain nomination papers at the Town Clerks’ Office and sign the nomination book on or after February 1st prior to the May Annual Town Election.
Your nomination sheet must contain a minimum of 10 registered voters who live within your precinct in order to have your name placed on the ballot.
At times, due to various reasons (resignation, move out of town, etc.), an unexpired seat may come up between election cycles.
Current Town Meeting Members or the Moderator may request a “caucus” be held prior to a Town or Special Town Meeting if there are vacant seats.
In the event of a caucus, notification of caucus details will be made by the Town Clerk to the current members of Precincts that have vacancies.
A location and time will be arranged by the Town Clerk just prior to the Town or Special Town Meeting to allow the current Precinct Town Meeting Members that have the vacancy to caucus.
Any interested registered voter that lives in the Precinct with the vacancy can appear at the caucus, give a short presentation about themselves and why they feel they would be the best candidate to fill the vacancy until the next Annual Town Election.
After all candidates have had the opportunity to present to the Precinct Members, the current Precinct Members will vote by secret ballot to select the new member. The newly elected member would complete the nomination acceptance document and could participate in any Town or Special Town Meeting held until the next election where they will (if they choose) run to maintain their seat.
Please contact Town Clerk Catherine Ellsworth with any questions you may have at
Your Absentee ballot must be returned to the Town Clerks office located at Town Hall 1 Sylvan Street. You may drop your properly executed ballot in the drop box located at the bottom of the front stairs to Town Hall. If you choose to mail your ballot back, you must allow sufficient time for it to get to us prior to the close of the polls on election day.
*Please note that you
MAY NOT RETURN YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT AT THE POLLS ON ELECTION DAY,
• Absentee Voting will be available for registered voters who qualify as follows:
o Only those who will be absent from their city or town on Election Day, or
o Have a disability that prevents them from going to the polls, or
o Have a religious belief preventing the same, are legally allowed to vote by absentee ballot.
A handwritten or scanned signature is required on an executed application to obtain an absentee voting ballot. Your absentee application must be received no later than noon the day before the election. You may return your signed, executed, scanned application by email to [email protected] , place it in the drop box at the bottom of the front steps to Town Hall or by US Mail.
**PLEASE UTILIZE THE DROPBOX AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FRONT STEPS TO TOWN HALL IF POSSIBLE TO ENSURE YOUR BALLOT GETS BACK TO US ASAP**
When you receive your ballot please fill it out, you must sign the small ballot envelope, place your ballot in the return envelope, seal it with tape and place all in the white envelope and return by mail or drop it off in the drop box at Town Hall (be sure to allow enough time for it to get to us before the polls close on Election Day).
As always, you may NOT return absentee ballots directly to the polls on Election Day, they must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office on Sylvan Street.