AM I A REGISTERED VOTER IN SHARON?
Yes, if you registered to vote in Sharon.
TO REGISTER TO VOTE YOU MUST BE:
HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?
In person at the Town Clerk's Office during business hours. Please bring identification (Massachusetts Drivers License is preferred).
By Mail: Mail-in registration forms are available at the Sharon Post Office and Sharon Public Library. A copy of your identification (Drivers License) showing your Sharon address is required.
At the Registry of Motor Vehicles: Keep your motor voter receipt until you receive confirmation from the Town Clerk's Office. If you do not receive any confirmation, please contact the Town Clerk's Office to verify your voting status.
Deadline for Voter Registration:
Twenty (20) days prior to an election. The Town Clerk's Office is open for extended hours on the twentieth day prior to an election from 8:30 am-8:00 pm to accept registrations on the last day to register.
Ten (10) days prior to a Special Town Meeting. The Town Clerk's Office is open for extended hours on the tenth day prior to a Special Town Meeting from 8:30 am-8:00 pm to accept registrations.
There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote. If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home.
If you have moved within Sharon, notify the Town Clerk's Office of your new address. If you have moved to another community, you must register to vote in this new location.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
All voters vote at the Sharon High School Gymnasium, 180 Pond Street.
WHEN ARE THE POLLS OPEN?
The polls are open on election day from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm.
HOW DO I VOTE ABSENTEE FOR AN ELECTION?
A registered voter may vote absentee if they meet one of the following requirements:
A non-registered voter who is:
You can vote in person at the Town Clerk's Office when the ballots are available. Or, you can fill out an Absentee Ballot Application form. Or, you can request an absentee ballot by mail. When requesting by mail, include the following information: election and date for which request is made, name of registered voter requesting ballot, legal Sharon address, address where ballot is to be mailed, signature of registered voter, print name under signature and if your political designation is No Party (Unenrolled), indicate the party ballot requested for a Presidential Primary election. A separate request must be made for each registered voter.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE A REGISTERED VOTER TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE AT TOWN MEETINGS?
Any resident of Sharon may attend the Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meetings, but only registered voters may speak in an open Town Meeting. Non-voters may speak at the discretion of the moderator. As a voice vote is customary at Sharon's Town Meetings, the non-registered residents are seated in a separate section of the auditorium where the meeting takes place. If you are not a registered voter and would like to attend the Annual Town Meeting or Special Town Meetings, please call the Town Clerk's Office.
CAN I VOTE ABSENTEE FOR TOWN MEETING?
No, votes are either voice votes or standing votes, therefore registered voters must be present to vote when the articles are discussed.
WHY SHOULD I RESPOND TO THE ANNUAL CENSUS?
Voters are required to return the census form annually to retain their active status on the voter list. The Town Clerk conducts an Annual Census for the Town of Sharon. The mailing goes out in early January. Residents are requested to return the form promptly.
New residents are requested to fill out a census soon after they move into Sharon.
The information collected by the census is used by several town departments, including schools and public safety to insure the safety of our residents. The Town Clerk uses the information to update and verify voting lists and to produce the Street List.
NO information can be released for children under the age of 17 for any purpose, except to the Sharon Public Schools.