Elections & Voting
Presidential Election Results
Annual Town Election - April 10, 2021
- Papers are now available. - We are still not open to the Public but are here to assist you. You should call for an appointment to file your paperwork or call the office if you have any questions. 781-270-1660.
- List of Candidates who have pulled papers
Consider becoming a Town Meeting Member!
Town meeting members have an opportunity to vote on a variety of issues in Town. Some examples of impact include:
- Budgeting and funding levels for Board of Health, Police, Schools, Recreation, Council on Aging, Department of Public Works, and general Town administration.
- Bylaw Review and Zoning Issues
- Human Services (Transportation, Economics)
- Land Use and Open Space (Landlocked Forest)
- Town Facilities
- Director of Diversity
How does Burlington Town Meeting work?
Burlington is a representative Town Government, which means that town residents are elected to represent their precinct at Town Meeting. The Town consists of 7 precincts each having 18 representatives for a total of 126 voting members. These representatives deliberate, act and vote on the corporate power of the town as well as ensuring that the town is in compliance with the duties and obligations required by the law.
- This Citizens Guide provides a basic overview of Town government structure.
- Burlington specific information regarding Town Meeting can be found on the Town Clerk's website here.
- Watch the most recent Town Meeting video here.
- Watch Town Clerk, Amy Warfield describe how to run for office here.
What is the time commitment for a TMM?
Burlington typically holds Town Meeting events three times a year: January, May, and September. May is the most time intensive since the town budget is reviewed at this meeting. Special meetings may be called, but it is very infrequent. Here is the TMM handbook which provides an in depth look into TMM responsibilities and procedures.
Do I have to join a committee?
No TMM required to join a committee. However, TMM are encouraged to ask to be appointed to any committees for which they have interest or expertise. A TMM may serve as any or all of the following:
- Member of any committee(s) appointed by the Moderator;
- Member of any advisory committee(s) appointed for a special temporary purpose by the Selectmen, School Committee, or any other Town Board;
- Officer of elections; and
- Member of a political party’s town committee
How do I become a TMM?
What are the requirements to become a TMM?
You must be a registered voter in Burlington. If you aren’t registered, sign up here!
What paperwork is necessary?
What are the deadlines to complete the paperwork?
The following table lists the key dates for to run for a TMM seat for the May 10, 2021 town meeting.
January 4 Nomination Papers Available
Candidates are advised to get a few extra signatures to make sure they all get certified properly.
What does campaigning entail?
Historically, TMM candidates have not had to engage in a significant amount of campaigning because the races are not competitive. However, there is an uptick in political engagement at all levels and active campaigning is recommended. Since it is precinct based, you can make yard signs and post to social media. It is required that any money spent on campaigning is tracked.
Due to the pandemic and the need for physical distancing, individuals should decide if or how they might engage in “door knocking” campaign efforts.
Do I have to have been involved in Town government or have some government experience necessary? No experience is required., just your interest in Local Government!
Are TMM paid? No.
Can a TMM be elected to another Town position? No.
Can a TMM be an employee of the Town?
Yes. However, TMM employed by the Town are encouraged to self-disclose any personal/familial benefit which might be gained/lost when the TMM rises to address the TM floor on such issues.
Voters who are unable to vote on Election Day because of physical disability, religious beliefs or absence from the town may vote by absentee ballot.
A voter who is permanently disabled need not submit a request for an absentee ballot every election.
Find contact information for our governor, U.S. senators, and other political leaders.
Know where and when to vote.
Any person who is a Burlington resident and a registered voter may obtain nomination papers for the April Annual Town Election ballot from the Town Clerk's Office.
The Town has implemented a Student Vote Program in an effort to familiarize the children with the process and encourage their participation as adults.
Voter registration in Burlington has never been easier than it is today.