A special election is being held on June 12th, 2018. Residents may check if they are registered voters at their current Concord address be checking online at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com, in person at the Town House on Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or by mail (use our mailing address: PO Box 535).
If you are unable to get to the polls in person on Election Day due to absence from Concord during polling hours, disability, or religious beliefs, then you are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office. The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot is Noon on Monday, June 11th.
Absentee balloting may be done either in person at the Clerk’s Office during office hours, or by mail. No ballots may be carried out from the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Completed ballots must be received in the Town Clerk’s Office by 8:00 pm on Election Day, so if the ballot is to be mailed, be sure to allow ample time for delivery both ways. Do not return absentee ballots to the polls.
Download an Absentee Ballot application, or you may send a fax or e-mail requesting that a ballot be mailed to you—use of the form is not required but a signature is needed. Family members may apply on behalf of another family or household member who is unable to get to the polls in person.
Please view the Special Town Election sample ballot here.
For more information regarding the Special Election please contact Kaari Mai Tari, Town Clerk using the information below.
Sample Ballot Language
A majority of voters in Concord voted in favor of Question 4 on the 2016 state election ballot, entitled “Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana.” Subsequently, the state enacted General Law Chapter 94G, section 3. Under that statute, towns where a majority of ballots were cast in favor of Question 4 must submit any bylaw limiting the type or number of marijuana establishments, or prohibiting such establishments altogether, to voters for approval. On April 11, Concord Town Meeting proposed the bylaw below and voted to submit it for approval to voters pursuant to Chapter 94G.
A “yes” vote on this question would prohibit any marijuana establishment, as defined in chapter 94G, section 1 of the General Laws, from operating in Concord. The prohibition would apply to marijuana establishments including, without limitation, marijuana cultivators, independent testing laboratories, marijuana product manufacturers, and marijuana retailers. The prohibition would not apply to Registered Marijuana Dispensaries that dispense medical marijuana. If this ballot question is approved, the Cannabis Control Commission — a statewide commission created by the Legislature to promulgate regulations and to review license applications for marijuana establishments — would deny licenses to applicants who propose to operate a marijuana establishment in Concord. A “no” vote disapproves the bylaw, meaning the prohibitions described below would not take effect in Concord.
The operation within the Town of Concord of any marijuana establishment, as defined in Massachusetts General Laws c. 94G, § 1, including, without limitation, a marijuana cultivator, marijuana testing facility, marijuana product manufacturer, marijuana retailer or any other type of licensed marijuana-related business, is prohibited. This prohibition shall not apply to the sale, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes by a Registered Marijuana Dispensary as defined in Section 4.3.9 of the Zoning Bylaw.
For more information, please view the prior press releases by visiting the Town Wide Press Release section of our website under Government. For the official sample ballot, please click here.