Upcoming Elections are as follows:
- March 1, 2016 - Presidential Primary
- May 10, 2016 - Annual Town Election
- September 20, 2016 - State Primary
- November 8, 2016 - State Election
Last Day to Register to Vote to be eligible for an Election:
The cut off date to register to vote and be eligible to vote in an election is twenty (20) days before the election. The Town Hall will remain open from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm on the 20th day before the election to register new voters or for any current voter who wishes to change their voting party status. Unless an Annual Town Meetings falls within 35 days before the Annual Town Election. Pursuant to G.L. chapter 51, Sections 26, 28, the last day to register to vote for both the Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election will be 20 days befor the Annual Town Meeting.
If you are unsure if you are a registered voter in Massachusetts please call the Town Clerk's office at 508-760-6112.
Voter Registration Sessions
The Town Clerk's Office will be open late (8:30am to 8:00pm) in order to register voters for the following upcoming Elections.
Voter Registration Deadline Dates (Last day to register to vote in order to vote in the election):
- Wednesday, February 10, 2016 ~ 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM - Presidential Primary
- Wednesday, April 13, 2016 ~ 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM - Annual Town Election
- Wednesday, August 31, 2016 ~ 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM - State Primary
- Wednesday, October 19, 2016 ~ 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM - State Election
***This date is also the last day to change your political party or address before the election.***
Where to Vote:
There are five locations in Town where people vote. Where you live in Dennis will determin which precinct you will vote in. On Election Day the Polls will be open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
The five voting precincts in the Town of Dennis are:
- Precinct 1: Carleton Hall, 1006 Old Bass River Road, Dennis, MA 02638
- Precinct 2: Dennis Senior Center, Route 134, East Dennis, MA 02641
- Precinct 3: Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall Street, Dennisport, MA 02639
- Precinct 4: West Dennis Graded School, 67 School Street, West Dennis, MA 02670
- Precinct 5: Dennis Police Station, 90 Bob Crowell Rd, South Dennis, MA 02660
If you are unsure as to which precinct you vote in, call the Town Clerk's Office at 508-760-6112.
Where Do I Vote?
If you are unsure of where you vote on Election Day you can visit the Secretary of Commonwealth's website Where Do I Vote? to find out where your polling location is or call the Town Clerk's Office at 508-760-6112.
Registering to Vote/How to become a Voter:
To be eligible to register to vote in Massachusetts you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Massachusetts, and 18 years old on or before the next election.
You may register to vote in person at any local City/Town Clerk or Election Commission office or at any registration event or at a number of state agencies, including the Department of Transitional Assistance and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
You may also Register to vote by mail by completing, signing, and mailing a voter registration form to the Office of the City/Town Clerk. Voter registration forms may be requested online by clicking here. The completed form should then be mailed to:
Dennis Town Clerk
P.O. Box 2060
South Dennis, MA 02660
When registering to vote you have your choice of political party or designation. The parties are Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow, United Independent Party or No Party (unenrolled) or you may also write in what ever designation you wish (i.e. Libertarian, Working Families). Please note: someone enrolled in the "Independence Party" or "United Independent Party" belongs to that political designation or party and is NOT an independent voter. A "No Party" (unenrolled) voter belongs to NO party which make them truly independent. Only "No Party"
(unenrolled) voters will be given the choice between the 4 official political party ballots during a Primary election.
***Only those belonging to a party (Democrats, Republicans, Green-Rainbow, United Independent Party, or Unenrolled) may vote in Primary elections. All voters can vote in regular elections regardless of political party or political designation.***
For more information on how to register to vote please visit the state's website.
To register to vote online you can click here or on the logo below. You can also use the Online Voter Registration System to change you name for voting purposes, change your address for voting purposes or to change your political party.
Applications for absentee ballots can be filed at the Town Clerk’s office, online here or the voter can request an application be sent by mail to the Town Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 2060, South Dennis, MA 02660. Deadlines to obtain absentee ballots are posted for each election at the Town Clerk's office.
Absentee ballots can only be requested by persons, who will be out-of-town on Election Day, those unable to vote on Election Day due to illness and for religious reasons. Early voting is unavailable in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at this time, but will be available in 2016. Voters can not pick up ballots to give to family members or take a ballot with them. Per Election Law voters may vote in person at the Town Hall or a ballot can be mailed to them. The only other option is to vote in person on Election Day at the polls.
The cut off time to vote absentee is Noon the day before the election (May 11, 2015 at Noon). If you wish to vote absentee you must apply for an Absentee Ballot before that time.
Ballots need to be returned to the Clerk's Office on Election Day in order to be counted. The only exception to this rule is over seas ballots. Over seas ballots have an additional ten (10) days after the Election Day to return to our office in order to be counted.
Fill out the form & Mail to the Town Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 2060
South Dennis, MA 02660
Once we receive the application we will mail you a ballot
Fill out the ballot and mail it to the Town Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 2060
South Dennis, MA 02660
Your ballot will be counted on Election Day in your regular voting precinct
If you want to check that we have received your ballot click here to find out
Voters with Disabilities or Special Needs:
The ES&S AutoMARK™ is a ballot-marking technology that allows voters with disabilities and other special needs to mark a ballot privately and independently when using an optical scan voting system. These machines are available at all five precincts on Election Day. If you need assistance or directions on how to use the machine please ask one of the election officials to assist you.
The ES&S AutoMARK™ voter assist terminal is a ballot-marking system designed to provide privacy and accessibility to voters who are blind, vision-impaired, or have a disability or condition that would make it difficult or impossible to mark a ballot in the usual way. The technology also provides language assistance to voters who are more comfortable speaking a different language or who need help to better understand written instructions.
The Ballot for the Annual Town Election
There are two ballots for the Annual Town Election; depending on where you live you will receive one of the two ballots. Residents from Precincts One, Two and Five (North of the Highway, Route 6) will receive one ballot. Residents from Precincts Three and Four (South of the Highway, Route 6) will receive another ballot. The only difference between the two ballots effects the Old King's Highway Historic District which is made up of precincts One, Two and Five.
April 29th or 30th, 2015
Town Hall, Large Hearing Room
Hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area
The Town Clerk's Offices has put together a Candidates' Night that will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area. Candidates running for a contested race will be asked questions by the moderator. Each Candidate is given three minutes for opening and closing remarks and two minutes to answer questions.
Candidates' Night will be broadcasted live on the local Channel 18 the night of the event. After the event a video will be posted online. To watch the Candidates Night online you can select the "Minutes, Agendas & Video" link on the main home page of the website or click here. On the bottom of that page, under "Other Programs and Events" is Candidates' Night. Click the "Watch Now" link to view the video.
If needed, a new Candidates' Night will be scheduled for 2015 before the Annual Town Meeting.
Any person may observe an election. Observers are to stay in designated areas appropriate to the area. Observers may observe the election process before the polls open, during the voting hours and after the polls close. Observers may bring a copy of the voter list. Observers are allowed to use a laptop or other hand held device but the sound must be turned off. Observers are not allowed to display campaign materials intended to influence a voter inside the polling place or within 150 feet of the polling place. This includes bumper stickers on the back of clip boards, campaign buttons and flyers as well as campaign pens/pencils.
Observers are allowed inside the polling place unless they are disorderly or obstruct the access of voters. 950 C.M.R. § 53.03(18)(a); 950 C.M.R. § 54.04(22)(a). Such observers may keep notes including marked voting lists. The poll workers at the check in table must announce the names of the voters loud enough for the observers to hear. 950 C.M.R. § 53.04(4); 950 C.M.R. § 54.04(5).
Observers may not request the names and addresses directly from voters or interfere with the check in process in any way. Observers should only communicate with the warden of the polling location and no other poll workers. If an observer cannot hear the names being announced by the poll workers, the observer should notify the warden. Pursuant to 950 C.M.R. § 51.00, each polling location must be accessible. To meet the accessibility standards, many polling locations have little spare space. Accordingly, there may not be enough room to accommodate many observers. If the presiding officer determines that there are too many observers for the polling location, the presiding officer may ask the candidates to “pool” the information gathered by a smaller number of observers.
The presiding officer, pursuant to their authority to maintain order and decorum in the polling place, and the prevent interference with the voters, may determine that the number of observers, or their behavior, is disruptive. In such situations, the presiding officer may remove an observer interfering with the election process.
Campaign Finance Information
MGL Chapter 55, Section 26, in effect on January 1, 2010, now requires local election officials to post on the municipal Web site "all campaign finance reports required to be filed with the city or town clerk if more than $1,000 in receipts, expenditures or liabilities are disclosed in a reporting period."
Campaign Finance Reports can be found by clicking the link below: