Election & Voter Information
Vote By Mail
On July 15, 2020 the Secretary of State mailed vote-by-mail applications to all voters who were registered to vote by July 1 and had not already requested an absentee ballot for the rest of the year. The voter’s information (name, address, and date of birth) will already be populated on the return forms and will be addressed to the Town Clerk postage paid.
Anyone who registers to vote after July 1, 2020 will be sent an vote-by-mail application with their voter acknowledgement. The state deadline to request a vote-by-mail application for the September 1, 2020 state primary election is August 26, 2020.
Secretary of State William Galvin has encouraged voters to hand deliver their mail-in ballots if possible. Hingham residents who wish to hand deliver their mail-in-ballots to Town Hall may do so by putting them in the drop box at the end of the Town Hall driveway at 210 Central Street. The deadline to return mail-in-ballots for the state primary election to Town Hall is September 1, 2020.
The deadline for accepting new voter registrations is 20 days prior to each election.
- State of Massachusetts Voter Registration Information - How do I register to vote?
- State of Massachusetts Online Voter Registration
You can also change your party affiliation or register to vote when applying for a driver's license or changing the title on vehicles, etc. at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
On both of the above sites the information is electronically transmitted to the Town Clerk's office to update our records and notify the town where you previously voted.
An acknowledgement letter will be mailed to you confirming any changes in your voter registration status. It is very important that you carefully check your acknowledgement letter for errors and contact us at 781-741-1410 to report any corrections that may be necessary.
Precincts & Voting Locations
- Find your election precinct information
- Precincts 1-4 - Hingham High School, 17 Union Street
- Precincts 5-6 - Hingham Middle School, 1103 Main Street
- Precinct 5A - Willard Square, Linden Ponds
- Hingham Precinct Map (effective December 31, 2011) (PDF)
- Legal Description of Hingham Precinct Boundaries (effective December 31, 2011) (PDF)
The Town Clerk's office is responsible for maintaining the roster and training election officers who work at all town, state, and federal elections. The Board of Selectmen appoints election officers on a yearly basis. Town Committee Chairmen for the Democratic and Republican parties submit lists of candidates who are interested in working the elections to the Selectmen's office. Once appointed by the Selectmen, the names are forwarded to the Town Clerk to be added to the roster.
New people are always needed. If you are interested, please contact the Town Clerk at 781-741-1410, or the Democratic or Republican Town Committee chairmen.
Absentee ballots can be obtained for any election from the Town Clerk's office. If you are going to be out of town for any election during the year, you may apply for a ballot to be sent to you during the election period.
- You may apply in writing or fax your request (including your signature) giving your legal voting address and the address where you wish your ballot to be sent. Our fax number is (781) 740-0239
- A relative is allowed to fill out the application on your behalf, (3) you may obtain a form in the Clerk's office or apply online at State of Massachusetts absentee ballot webpage
If you are handicapped or housebound, and will be unable to get to the polls, you may vote in the comfort of your own home. Simply contact your physician's office, and have them send us a note stating your illness and we will send you a ballot for every election until you tell us to stop. This is strictly for medical reasons only. Should you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk's office, at 781-741-1410.
Legislation was passed in May of 2014, allowing early voting commencing with the 2016 general election. Town Elections are not included. Contact the Town Clerk's office with any questions.
To confirm your ballot has been received and accepted, please visit www.trackmyballotma.com.
Running For a Town Elected Office
If so, you may pick up nomination papers in the Town Clerk's office. You are required to obtain 50 signatures of qualified, registered Hingham voters in order to have your name appear on the ballot. Papers are available after January 1 and must be returned 49 days prior to the election. Elections are scheduled the Saturday following Town Meeting. Town Meeting is held on the fourth Monday in April. Please contact the Town Clerk's office if you have any questions.
View Hingham's Campaign Finance Reports from previous elections
Requirements and Procedures
Are you spending personal funds on your campaign? Here's how to disclose it on your Campaign Finance Report (PDF).
State and municipal candidates* in the non-depository system often make campaign expenditures using their personal funds. When doing so, they and are required to disclose the expenditures and contributions on their campaign finance reports.
Step One: Report the amount spent as a contribution from the candidate to the campaign on Schedule A, even though the money was paid directly to a vendor. If you anticipate being paid back by the committee, write "loan" next to the candidate's name.
Step Two: Record the amount as an expenditure, listing the actual vendor in the "To Whom Paid" column on Schedule B with the date, purpose, address and amount. Listing the expenditure accurately balances the account.
Step Three: If a candidate anticipates being paid back by the campaign, the contribution information should be listed in the liabilities section of the campaign finance report (Schedule D). Liabilities to a candidate can remain for as long as the committee is open, and may be paid back or forgiven at a future date.
Example: Candidate X needs to buy $1,000 worth of lawn signs but does not have that balance in his campaign account. He uses his personal funds. He will disclose the activity by reporting a $1,000 contribution to the campaign from himself on Schedule A and a $1,000 expenditure to the lawn sign company on Schedule B. If it is considered a loan to the campaign, he will also list the $1,000 amount as a liability on Schedule D.
Exception: If a candidate is reimbursed for these expenditures before the end of the campaign reporting period, the campaign finance report would disclose the activity as a reimbursement to the candidate (rather than a liability) and attach a reimbursement form (CPF RI).
*Includes all legislative candidates, and municipal candidates in cities and towns with populations of less than 100,000.
2020 State (Presidential) Election Details
Election Date - Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Deadline to register for the November State Election is Saturday, October 24, 2020.
- Register Online State of Massachusetts Online Voter Registration
- In-Person registration will be available on Saturday October 24th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and again from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This will take place in the Town Clerk’s Office.
The Town Clerk will hold its Early Voting at the Town Hall, 210 Central Street, in the Central Meeting Room on the Second Floor as follows:
|Saturday||October 17||10:00 AM - 2:00 PM|
|Sunday||October 18||10:00 AM - 2:00 PM|
|Monday||October 19||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Tuesday||October 20||8:30 AM - 7:00 PM|
|Wednesday||October 21||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Thursday||October 22||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Friday||October 23||8:30 AM - 1:00 PM|
|Saturday||October 24||10:00 AM - 2:00 PM|
|Sunday||October 25||10:00 AM - 2:00 PM|
|Monday||October 26||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Tuesday||October 27||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Wednesday||October 28||8:30 AM - 7:00 PM|
|Thursday||October 29||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Friday||October 30||8:30 AM - 1:00 PM|
The Town Hall is open only for Early Voting. There will be no other offices open.
Vote by Mail
For those of you who are expecting ballots in the mail we will probably receive the ballots near the end of September. We will hope to get them all out by the beginning of October. If there is any delay we will let you know.
Getting the ballots out has been a challenge; we appreciate your patience.
The postmaster has informed us that the mailed ballots will not be leaving the town. They will be sorted in the Hingham Post Office and will not be sent out of town for distribution.
You may also drop your ballots in the mailbox at the end of the driveway at Town Hall.
Election Day Voting
The Election will be held on November 3rd from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Polling places are as follows:
- High School, 17 Union Street – Precincts 1 through 4
- Middle School, 1103 Main Street – Precincts 5 and 6
- Linden Ponds, 201 Linden Ponds Way, Willard Square – Precinct 5A
For both Early Voting and the Election we will take all precautions with social distancing and keeping the areas clean and safe. Everyone is asked to wear a mask when entering the voting areas.