Groton will be conducting its 2021 Spring Town Meeting (https://www.grotonma.gov/government/town-meeting)on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM and the Annual Town Election on May 25, 2021.
The polls will be open on May 25 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Absentee Voting and Early Ballot By Mail Voting for the May 25, 2021 Annual Town Election are strongly encouraged. Absentee Ballot applications can be found at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleabsentee/absidx.htm. Early Ballot By Mail applications can be found at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2021-Vote-by-Mail-Application.pdf Please note that the return postage for an absentee ballot is $.65.
As Town Hall is closed to the public through the state of emergency, online voter registration is possible at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ .
- The voter registration deadline for the Town Meeting and the Town Election is April 9, 2021 at 8:00 PM.
A sample ballot for the May 25 Town Election will be published here when available in early April. While the ballot is not finalized as of this writing, a list of offices that will be on the ballot can be viewed here.
The Select Board has also submitted a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion ballot question for the construction of a new elementary school to be included on the May 25 ballot. Please note that this question will be on the May 25th ballot, but also requires passage of Town Meeting Article 8 at the May 1 Spring Town Meeting (https://www.grotonma.gov/government/town-meeting/) The ballot question is:
Shall the Town of Groton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued for the purpose of funding the design and construction of a new kindergarten through fourth grade elementary school with an approximate square footage of 109,855 square feet located at 342 Main Street in Groton, Massachusetts, inclusive of abatement and demolition of the existing school structures on said property, new parking lots, relocation and construction of the existing track, various other site improvements, and all other costs incidental and related thereto?
When a question is placed on the town ballot, the Town publishes an information book, which is sent to every household prior to the election. On March 29, the Select Board issued notice that principal proponents and opponents to the question may submit 150 word arguments on the question. Arguments are due by April 16, 2021.