How to cast your ballot in the Annual Town Election

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Annual Town Elections will be held at Hanover High School,
Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Massachusetts Legislature extended some of
the mandated voting provisions from 2020 into the 2021 Spring Election
season. Hanover residents who are taking precautions due to COVID-19 are
encouraged to vote by mail and avoid in-person contact on Election Day.
This action will help to protect the health of all voters as well as the
health of election staff. Regardless of COVID-19, all residents will be
able to vote using one of four methods in the May Annual Town Election as

1. Vote by Mail – applications for a Vote by Mail ballot must be received
in the office of the Town Clerk before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4.
Ballots are currently available to be mailed. Voters may track the status
of their vote-by-mail ballot at

2. Vote Absentee In-person – applications for an in-person ballot must be
received in the office of the Town Clerk before 12 noon on Friday, May 7.
Expect long lines, and plan to social distance and wear a mask. Voters may
track the status of their mail-in absentee or in-person absentee ballot at

3. Vote by Emergency Absentee Ballot – allowable for anyone instructed to
self-quarantine beginning after 12 noon on Saturday, May 1.

4. Vote on Election Day – polls will be open at Hanover High School, 287
Cedar Street, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please download the Vote by Mail Application at
and mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office, 550 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA
02339, email it to the Town Clerk’s Office, or drop it in the front door
mail slot of Town Hall. Applications can also be picked up outside the
Town Clerk’s Office during Town Hall business hours. The application MUST
include your signature; typed requests or e-mails requesting early ballots
without your signature cannot be accepted. After we confirm that you are a
registered voter in Hanover, we will process your request and your ballot
will be mailed to you. Instructions will be enclosed. Ballots may be
returned either by mail or by depositing them in the new secure drop box in
front of Town Hall. Ballots must be returned by the close of polls on
Election Day.

For more information, please contact Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier at
781-826-5000 ext. 1079.

For “Around Town on the Web”,
Cathy H-B

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