Election & Voter Information
2020 Town Election
At the Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday, March 31st it was approved to move the dates of Town Election to Saturday, June 27.
Absentee and Early Voting Ballots for June 27, 2020 Town Election
The information below applies to elections held through the end of June. Determine which ballot you qualify for and complete the application to receive a ballot by mail. Residents who complete these applications will receive a ballot by mail and must return it to the Town Clerk by June 27th
Absentee Ballot - Application for Absentee Ballot (PDF)
Under existing state law, a voter only qualifies to vote absentee if they will be absent from the city or town during the voting hours, a religious belief prevents them from going the polling place or a physical disability prevents them from going to the polling place. The new law specifies that any person taking a precaution related to COVID-19 qualifies for an absentee ballot by reason of physical disability. This would include those who are sick, self-quarantined, or simply choosing not to go to a public place for their own safety or for a family member’s safety.
Early Voting Ballot - Application for Early Voting Ballot
Unlike absentee voting, early voting is for every registered voter. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. Early voters will receive an absentee ballot in an Early Voting envelope allowing us to identify the action.
Download the applications above or you may also request a ballot in writing or by email to the Town Clerk. In all cases the request is not valid without a signature.
Completed applications can be emailed to TownClerk@hingham-ma.gov, mailed to the Town Clerk, 210 Central Street, Hingham MA, 02043, or dropped off in the drop box in the front circular driveway at Town Hall. Residents who complete these applications will receive a ballot by mail and must return it to the Town Clerk by June 27th.
Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at TownClerk@hingham-ma.gov or 781-741-1410 with any questions
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.
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.