Running for Office in Walpole

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ELIGIBILITY TO RUN FOR OFFICE
 
Any registered voter of the town shall be eligible to hold any elective town office, but no elected town official shall simultaneously hold any other elected town office, except town meeting representative.
 
ELECTIVE OFFICES

The offices to be filled by TOWN WIDE ballot are:

  • Board of Selectmen
  • Moderator
  • School Committee
  • Housing Authority
  • Planning Board
  • Board of Assessors
  • Board of Sewer and Water Commissioners
  • Library Board of Trustees
     

​Representiative Town Meeting Members may be nominated to serve only in the precinct in which they live and will appear on the Ballot ONLY in that Precinct.    

 

DATE OF ANNUAL ELECTION

The regular election of all town officers is held annually on the first Saturday in June.  Nomination Papers become at the Town Clerk's Office on February 1st ( or following Monday, when this date falls on the weekend).

 

CURRENT YEAR ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION INFORMATION:

Nomination Papers - TOWN WIDE OFFICES

To appear on the Annual Town Election Ballot, you must obtain signatures of registered voters in the Town of Walpole on nomination papers. The required number of signatures for candidates for town wide office is set at 1% of the total number of voters in the last race for governor in Walpole. Please contact the Town Clerk for the current number of required signatures.
 
Nomination Papers - RTM MEMBERS

To appear on the Annual Town Election Ballot, you must at obtain a minimum of 25 certified signatures of registered voters from your precinct.  RTM Incumbents have special rights (including forgoing nomination papers) that are outlined in the Town of Walpole Charter 2-6 B.

 

CAMPAIGN FINANCE FORMS
 
All candidates for elected office (EXCEPT RTM Members who are exempt) must file Campaign Finance Forms. These forms are due 8 days prior to the election, 30 days after, as well as a year end filing which will be mailed in January of the following year. Even if you do not spend any money on your campaign, you must file these forms on time.
Click here to view the Campaign Finance Forms

 

ONCE ELECTED YOU MUST BE SWORN IN

Before you can participate as a voting member of any board or committee in which you have been elected you must be sworn in to perform your faithful duties by the Town Clerk or Assistant Town Clerk.  
 
Town Wide Elected Officials are required, within 2 weeks, to Acknowledge Receipt of the Open Meeting Laws and State Ethics - Conflict of Interest Laws which will be done at time of swearing in.