Election & Voter Information

2022 Town Election

The annual town election will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

View the Ballot for the 2022 Town Election (PDF)

Absentee Ballots for the Annual Town Election on Saturday, May 14, 2022, are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Only those voters who will be absent from Hingham during polling hours, or who may have a physical disability, or whose religious beliefs prevent them from coming to the polls, may vote “Absentee”. Early Voting in MA expired in December 2021.

To obtain an Absentee Ballot, you must fill out an application for each voter, along with the address as to where the ballot should be mailed. You can obtain an Absentee Ballot Application online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleabsentee/absidx.htm or call the Town Clerk’s Office and we can mail an application to you. 

The deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot Application for a MAILED BALLOT will be 7:00 p.m. on Tues., May 10.  All applications to complete an IN OFFICE BALLOT must be applied for by 12:00 noon on Friday, May 13, 2022.  At that time, the Town Clerk’s office will close to the public to prepare for the Election. 

Status of Voting by Mail in 2022

Please note that no-excuse early voting expired in December 2021, and voting by absentee ballot is currently the only option to vote by mail. Absentee ballot eligibility is available if:

  • you will be absent from Hingham on election day during polling hours; 
  • you have a disability that prevents you from voting at your polling location; or 
  • you cannot vote at the polls on election day due to a religious belief.

Absentee applications are available to Download from the MA State Election website (PDF) 

Last Day to Register to Vote for the Town Election

Wednesday, May 4. The Town Clerk Office will be open until 8:00 PM.

New Precinct Information as of December 31, 2021

Visit the State Election Division

MA Elections Division

Voter Registration


The deadline for accepting new voter registrations is 20 days prior to each election.
Massachusetts Register to Vote Online

Questions?

Still have questions?  The MA Elections Division has a full list of Vote by Mail FAQ to provide answers.

Please email the Town Clerk's office TownClerk@hingham-ma.gov with any questions.

Absentee and Early Voting

The no-excuse vote by mail provision which existed in 2020 and 2021 expired in December 2021. Therefore, absentee ballots are currently the only option to vote early by mail. You can find more information as to who qualifies for an absentee ballot from the Secretary of State's Election website.

Voter Registration

The Town Clerk's office accepts voter registration over the counter, by mail, or electronically. You may apply online at State of Massachusetts Voter Registration Information.

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

Election Officers

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 Select Board appoints election officers on a yearly basis. Town Committee Chairs for the Democratic and Republican parties submit lists of candidates who are interested in working the elections to the Select Board's office. Once appointed by the Select Board, 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 chairs.

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.

Campaign Finances

Archived Reports

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.