Important Dates for Town Election and Town Meetings

April 1, 2024
Ballot boxes at Acton Town Hall.
Ballot boxes at Acton Town Hall. Photo: David Martin.

This year, in addition to the town election at the end of April, there are two Town Meetings. The first meeting, on Wednesday, April 17 is Special Town Meeting. More details are below. The second is the Annual Town Meeting. It begins on Monday, May 6 and will likely continue a second night. This is when the town will vote on a $6.6 million tax override, town and school budgets, zoning changes, and other important issues.

  • Wed, April 3 – Voter registration deadline for Special Town Meeting.
  • Wed, April 10 – School Committee Candidate Forum, Town Hall Room 204, 7:00 pm.
  • Thurs, April 11 – Override Forum, Acton Memorial Library Conference Room, 6:45 pm.
  • Wed, April 17 – Special Town Meeting.
  • Fri, April 19 –Voter registration deadline for Town Election and Annual Town Meeting.
  • Tue, April 23 – Deadline to register for Vote by Mail.
  • Tue, April 30 – Town election. All precincts vote at the R.J. Grey between 7 am and 8 pm.
  • Mon, May 6 –Town Meeting – The warrant, that is, the articles that will be voted on at Annual Town Meeting, will be mailed to every home in Acton and will be available soon from the Town of Acton Town Meeting website.

Note about Special Town Meeting

On March 14, according to a memo from Town Manager John Mangiaratti to Department and Division Heads, the Town received a citizen’s petition asking for a “Special Town Meeting for a Non-Binding Resolution.” Town Manager John Mangiaratti explained, “Pursuant to G.L. c. 39, § 10, a Special Town meeting must be held no later than 45 days after receiving the request.” At its March 18 meeting, the Select Board set the Special Town Meeting for April 17. The Special Town Meeting warrant contains one item: 

Voters will discuss and vote on the following non-binding resolution: 

“We urge Town leaders, before recommending any major zoning proposal, to perform [and release for public review] detailed impact studies, which examine the maximum impact of such a proposed zoning proposal.”

The Special Town Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm at the Acton Boxborough High School auditorium. It is a separate meeting from the Annual Town Meeting and contains a single warrant article. Again, the Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, May 6 at 7 pm in the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Auditorium and Upper Gymnasium (All-Indoor Seating). 


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