Local Election Information

Wellesley's Annual Town Election will take place on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Special Legislation has been enacted to allow Vote by Mail for the Annual Town Election.  For more information, go to Vote by Mail Ballots.

Town Wide Officers and Town Meeting Members are elected to staggered terms annually in March. The Town Bylaw requires the annual town election to be held the first Tuesday in March except in the year in which the presidential primaries are to be held.

Each precinct will elect 10 town meeting members and fill any vacant seats.

If a Town Wide candidate intends to solicit funds or spend money on the campaign a committee must be formed in advance and campaign finance requirements must be followed. Please request a handbook and forms.

Incumbent Town Meeting members are required to file a letter stating their intent to become a candidate for re-election 42 days prior to the Annual Town Election. A form for this purpose is mailed to all incumbents in December.
  1. Instructions for Candidates for Town Wide Office
  2. Instructions for Candidates for Town Meeting
  1. The candidate must be a resident of the Town, and for certain offices a registered voter. Check the by-law if this is an issue.
  2. The Candidate must personally obtain Nomination papers from the Town Clerk. These forms are available as of December 2nd at NOON for the 2021 Annual Town Election. The candidate will supply name, address, phone, email and sign for the papers. This information is public information. Please make an appointment with the Town Clerk to obtain Nomination Papers.
  3. Signatures of fifty voters registered in the Town are required (any precinct), although it is recommended that more be obtained.
  4. The deadline to "take out papers" will be January 8, 2021, 5 p.m.
  5. Papers must be returned to the Town Clerk for certification no later than 5 p.m.  January 12, 2021.
  6. Candidates for re-election for Town Wide offices must also obtain signatures, unlike Town Meeting Member candidates.
  7. We request the use of your email address for election related messages and for Town Meeting communication if you are elected. This email is intended for the use of the Town Clerk to notify candidates and Town Meeting Members of events or information of interest to them. The list is a public record.
  8. Elected candidates must be sworn in by the Town Clerk prior to exercising their office.