Questions and Answers/Information for Fall Elections
The Importance of Voting
It is our right and privilege as citizens of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in this fair and just process. To do so enables us to elect officials who will act on our behalf for the general good of the people. It is up to us to protect our democracy by exercising our fundamental right to vote.
2017 Election for the City of Framingham
On April 4, 2017 the Town of Framingham voted by charter to become a city. The election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 requires the establishment of a Mayor and an 11-Member City Council (two Councilors-at-Large and nine District City Councilors) as well a nine-member District School Committee. This election is particularly important because these individuals will become our leaders in the City of Framingham.
Every vote counts, mark your calendars:
Preliminary Election on Tuesday, September 26, 2017
City Election, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017
1. Voter registration and Polling Precincts
- Voter registration deadline for the Preliminary City Election has closed.
- Voter registration deadline for the Final City Election: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, by 8 pm.
- Go to the MA Secretary of State’s Election page
See Where Do I Vote? and Am I Registered to Vote?
(Direct link here)
You can register online or in person at the Town Clerk’s office, Room 105, in the
Memorial Building. If you have moved into Framingham or within Framingham
since the last election, it is more efficient to change your address at the Town
2. Preliminary City Election
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
- Polls open 7 am – 8 pm
- Go to http://www.framinghamma.gov/215/Town-Clerk, see “Polling Location/Voter Registration Status”
Voting in Framingham will be at the normal precinct polling places even though the city election is by districts made by combining two precincts. All contests that have more than two candidates for each slot available will appear on the Preliminary Election ballot.
3. Final City Election
- Voter registration deadline: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, by 8 pm
- Final City Election is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the designated precinct polling places. Polls are open 7 am – 8 pm.
4. Absentee Ballots
- Go to http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/, see Voter Resources/Absentee Ballot Application
- Additionally, you may file an application in person at the Town Clerk’s office, or vote there until September 25, 2017, for the Preliminary Election. In October, the Town Clerk will have further information regarding availability of absentee ballots for the Final City Election on November 7, 2017.
5. Election Day Concerns
- Go to the League of Women Voters’ Election Day Information web page.
- Call the League of Women Voter hotlines:
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
- Voting machines are available for those who are visually or hearing impaired.