TOWN ELECTIONS 5/4/20 update

Town elections have been rescheduled for Saturday, June 6th from 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

The Town will provide two ways to vote:

  • In-person voting (please note that there will be a reduction in polling locations). Check the Town’s website before heading to the polls.
  • Absentee/early voting is available for anyone who cannot or does not want to leave their homes to vote.  All registered voters are eligible for absentee/early voting for this election. 

Voting absentee/early-voting is easy, but it is a 2-step process.  Please remember to allow yourself enough time.  You must first formally request the ballot from the Town Clerk and then return it.  Given the anticipated volume of absentee ballots being requested, the town is encouraging people who plan to vote absentee to send in their requests immediately.  

If you know anyone who has not yet registered to vote, voter registration has been extended to May 27, 2020, and can be found online.

ABSENTEE VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Request the absentee/early voting ballot – 2 options

  • For an absentee/or early-voting ballot: download this form.  Return it by mail to: Elections, Town Clerk, Town Hall, Arlington, MA 02476, or take a photo of it with your phone and email the photo to dhouser@town.arlington.ma.us. You can also do the same with a hand-written and signed request. Or fax your form or request with signature to: 781-316-3079.  You must include a real, handwritten signature, a typed signature is not valid. 

OR

  • In the next few weeks, the town will be mailing out a postcard to all registered voters that will serve as a request for an absentee ballot.  You will simply need to complete the required information and drop it into the mailbox, postage will be prepaid.

Step 2: Return your ballot

  • Ballots will be mailed to voters who request them starting May 15th.
  • Currently, voters must mail the ballot back to the Town Clerk (not email or fax). A return envelope will be provided with each ballot. You can also hand deliver your ballot to the Clerk’s Office at Town Hall if, and only if, the Social Distancing emergency is over.  
  • The town is working on ideas to place secure ballot boxes around town for voters to return their ballots.  Stay tuned for more information here.
  • Your completed ballot has to be in the Clerk’s Office by the close of the polls (8 PM) on Election Day.  A postmark for that day is insufficient.

How to help from a distance

Dear Neighbors,

We care about your health and are evaluating and monitoring the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. Arlington Fights Racism (AFR) cares about the safety of our town’s residents as well as our supporters. Making sure our most at-risk community members are not disproportionately impacted by this outbreak is our top priority; this includes individuals and families with elderly members in their household, those with chronic health conditions or who have compromised immune systems, and our economically disadvantaged households for whom missing work to avoid contact or staying home to take care of children may pose obstacles. We will be following the protocols recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Association (WHO), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to keep our community safe. We want to err on the side of caution so we have regrettably decided to cancel our in person events for this week.

How can you support our efforts?

Spread the word and participate in our Virtual Events:

We will instead host virtual events at 8PM tonight, 3/11, and tomorrow, 3/12. The facebook event with dial in info for the call is: https://www.facebook.com/events/835095670299125/

For individuals that may not have access to the technology to participate in a call, please email info@arlingtonfightsracism.com and we will arrange for an individual phone call. We will make a decision on Friday regarding whether or not we will need to cancel our Saturday and Sunday events and update on Facebook.

Write a Letter to the Editor:

One way we are looking to increase support is through letters. Would you consider submitting a letter to the editor at the Advocate for this Sunday in support of Michaiah Healy, Lynette Martyn and/or Jo Anne Preston’s candidacy? We only have two weeks left to submit letters to the editor at the Advocate (they don’t let you submit the week prior to elections).

We advise people to submit their letters to arlington@wickedlocal.com by Sunday night but take them as late as 9AM Monday mornings. They should be 400 words or less, must be signed with your full name and street address and the Subject line should include “Letter to the Editor: (Subject) ex: In Support of Michaiah Healy for Select Board and Lynette Martyn for School Committee

Donate:

We are still raising money in order to fund mailers which will be even more important due to the need to cancel candidate events. If you are able to donate please do so today so we can budget your donation into our print order.

Door knocking:

We have two weeks to knock on doors in 21 precincts. If you can sign up to knock on doors even just one evening or afternoon, it will make a difference. Email info@arlingtonfightsracism.com and we will hook you up with a precinct captain.