Town Election – The Fine Print on Registering, Early Voting and Vote by Mail
Tick-tock, Weston! It’s time to get your ducks in a row for the May 8 Town Election. By Town By-Law, if you do not vote, you do not get to complain. At all. Ever. Oh wait, that’s not true.
The following is true (from the town website):
- Residents must be registered to vote in Weston to participate in the Town Election and Town Meeting. Check your registration status online and register to vote by April 16th
- Residents who prefer to vote by mail will need to request a mail-in ballot (even if you voted by mail last year). The application is due back to the Town Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on May 4th. 2021 Vote by Mail Application (PDF).
- For in-person voting, all precincts are to report to the Town Hall Auditorium on May 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Mail-in ballots are due at the closing of the poll, no later than 6:00 p.m. on May 8th
- Town Hall is still closed to the public. Utilize the drop box to the left of the glass doors.
- There is no early in-person voting for this election. Mail-in ballots are expected to be mailed out from the Town Clerk’s office starting on or about April 14th.
Got all that? Good. Now, onwards to a review of the candidates. Actually, it’s best to get that here on the town page as well. The Owl remains unbiased in its reporting, ever hopeful for a Pulitzer.
The League of Women Voters will hold its candidate’s night on zoom on April 29 at 7:30 pm. Please note that only contested seats will be given time to speak that night. So if you do not know some of the uncontested seat hopefuls, please give them a call or send an email if you want to know more. It is always good to know who you are voting for, uncontested or not.
Those invited for the League of Women Voters event are:
Chris Houston and Keith Johnson for one seat on the Select Board.
Ken Newberg, Tricia Liu, and Attia Linnard for two seats on the School Committee.
Jennifer Kickham, Heidi Wyle, and James Bradner for one seat on the Board of Health.
Melissa Crocker, Marcy Dorna, and Peter Hill for two seats on the Recreation Commission.
If you have a question for the candidates, please submit it in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. The link for the program will be sent one week in advance.
There is also one ballot question on Debt Exclusion which would be good to study before you are looking down at empty Yes/No boxes and have no idea what the question is about. That has NEVER happened to the Owl.