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Elections & Citizen Information

Who is on the ballot in the next election? How to register to vote? ...and more

Voter Information

Vote411.org
Find the facts about voting in your state at Vote411.org. Before an election, find your polling place.

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For information on ballot questions, candidates and voting procedures, go to:

The 2013-14 LWV-MMR Phone book has current contact information for Tri-town legislators (page 3) and for local town offices and officials (pages 10, 66, and 134 for Marion, Mattapoisett & Rochester, respectively). Also see Contacting Your Elected Officials below.

For recent updates click on your town's website below:

Marion
Mattapoisett
Rochester

Elections In the Tri-town area are covered regularly by the Wanderer

Polling Places and Town Meetings

Town elections and town meetings are held each year in May, in public buildings in each of our towns:

Marion

Town Meeting - May 12, 2014, 6:15 at Sippican School
Elections - May 16, 2013, 8am-8pm at VFW Hall, 565 Mill St (Rt 6)
Mattapoisett
Town Meeting - May 12, 2014, 7pm at ORR auditorium
Elections - May 20, 2014, 10am-8pm at Old Hammondtown School
Rochester
Town Meeting - May 19, 2014, 7pm at Rochester Memorial School
Elections - April 9, 2014, 8am-8pm at Senior Center

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Massachusetts, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a Massachusetts resident; and
  • be at least 18 years old on or before the next election.

You may register in person at your Town Clerk's office. For information, including hours, call:

Marion - 748-3502
Mattapoisett - 758-4100, Ext 2
Rochester - 763-3866

Contacting Your Elected Officials (more info in LWV Phone Book)

President: Barack H. Obama

Senator in Congress: Elizabeth Warren

Senator in Congress: Edward Markey

Representative in Congress: Bill Keating

Governor: Deval Patrick

State Representative: William M. Straus email to william.straus@mahouse.gov

State Senator - Marion : Marc R. Pacheco email to marc.pachecho@mastate.gov

State Senator - Mattapoisett: Mark C. Montigney email to mark.montigney@mastate.gov

State Senator - Rochester: Michael Rodrigues email to michael.rodrigues@mastate.gov

Massachusetts Voter Bill of Rights

1. You have the right to vote if you are a qualified registered voter.

2. You have the right to cast your ballot in a manner that ensures privacy. You have the right to vote without any person trying to influence your vote and to vote in a booth that prevents others from watching you mark your ballot.

3. You have the right to remain in the voting booth for five minutes if there are other voters waiting and for ten minutes if there are no other voters waiting.

4. You have the right to receive up to two replacement ballots if you make a mistake and spoil your ballot.

5. You have the right to request assistance when voting from a poll worker or anyone of your choice.

6. You have the right to vote if you are disabled. The polling place must be accessible, and there must be an accessible voting booth.

7. You have the right to vote if you cannot read or write or cannot read or write English.

8. You have the right to vote but must show identification if: you are a first-time voter who registered to vote by mail and did not submit identification with the voter registration form; or your name is on the inactive voter list; or your vote is being challenged; or if requested by a poll worker. Acceptable forms of identification are: Massachusetts driver's license, other printed documentation containing your name and address such as a recent utility bill, rent receipt on landlord's letterhead, lease, or a copy of a voter registration acknowledgment or receipt.

9. You have the right to vote by absentee ballot if: you will be absent from your city or town on Election Day; or if you have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place; or if you cannot vote at the polls due to religious belief.

10. You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if you believe you are a qualified registered voter but a poll worker tells you that you are ineligible to vote.

11. You have the right to follow up any challenge to your right to vote through the complaint process.

12. You have the right to vote if you are not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction and have registered as a voter after your release.

13. You have the right to take this Voters' Bill of Rights or any other papers, including a checklist, voter's guide or campaign material into the voting booth with you. Please remember to remove all papers when you leave the booth.

14. You have the right to vote at your polling place any time between 7 am and 8 pm for state and federal elections--hours may vary for local elections. If you are in line at your polling place when the polls close at 8 pm, you have the right to vote.

15. You have the right to bring your children into the voting booth with you. Children may not mark the ballot.

If you feel that your right to vote has been violated in any way, call the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Elections Division at 1-800-462-VOTE (8683). This call is free within Massachusetts. Your voting rights are protected. These rights are guaranteed to qualified registered voters.

(Prepared by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, January 2006)