2023 Annual Town Meeting and Local Election

        The Shutesbury 2023 Annual Town Meeting

                           and Local Election



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The purpose of this page is to provide Shutesburians with a central location for important information and updates about Annual Town Meeting and the Local Election. This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available.


Annual Town Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 3rd in the field behind Town Hall at 1 Cooleyville rd. 

The Annual Local Election will occur inside Town Hall at the same time. 


Local Election information


Every year the Town of Shutesbury holds a local election in the spring to select town officers. Traditionally this election occurs on the same day as Annual Town Meeting, but they are two separate events with different procedures and rules. Shutesbury voters can cast a ballot by mail or at the polls on Election Day.


Register to vote 

Vote by Mail Application 

Information for Candidates

Have you ever considered running for office? Maybe this is the year to make that dream a reality! In order for your name to be printed on the ballot, you will need to file nomination papers with the Town Clerk including signatures from no less than 20 registered Shutesbury voters. Complete nomination papers must be filed with the Town Clerk NO LATER THAN April 15th, by 5pm. 

Nomination papers must be picked up from the Town Clerk Office in person during usual business hours. 

If you intend to run as a write in candidate, please inform the Town Clerk of your candidacy.

Here is a full list of all the elected positions that will be on the ballot this year:


Board of Health (2 seats)

Cemetery Commission (1 seat)

Library Trustees (2 seats)

Planning Board (3 seats)

School Committee (2 seats)

Selectboard (1 seat)

Town Clerk (1 seat)


How To Run For Local Office In 3 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Pick up nomination papers at the Town Clerk Office. You will also receive campaign finance paperwork and fill out a receipt. This is a good time to ask any questions you might have about the process.

Step 2: Collect signatures. You need signatures from at least 20 registered Shutesbury voters. It's a good idea to get more signatures than you need, just in case any of the signatures are illegible or from someone who is not actually registered to vote in Shutesbury.

Step 3: Return your nomination papers to the Town Clerk no later than 5pm on April 15. Assuming you have the required number of valid signatures, get ready to see your name printed on a ballot!


Want to get more involved but not quite ready to run for office? Shutesbury always needs volunteers for our various boards and committees. If there is a specific board or committee you are interested in, contact the chair. Or contact the Selectboard for more information. 


Campaign Finance

Whether or not you are spending any money on your campaign, you will still need to file campaign finance paperwork. You can get required forms from the Town Clerk Office. Please contact the Office of Campaign and Political Finance if you have any questions. 

Important: Even if you are a write in candidate, you will still need to file campaign finance paperwork, whether or not you are spending any money. 


Town Announce Emails

Information About the Annual Local Election published March 2 2023