State Primary - September 4, 2018

State Primary Election Notice

The last day to register to vote, update voter information, or change party affiliation for the State Primary is Wednesday, August 15, 2018 until 8:00pm at the office of the Town Clerk.  If you have moved from a different address within town, out of town or out of the state since you last voted please be sure to register or update your voter registration with your local election official (Town Clerk).  The significance of the Voter Registration Deadline is for not only registering to vote BUT you can also make changes to your political affiliation.

The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, August 31, 2018  at 5:00pm.  Absentee ballot may be requested in writing or in person at the Ayer Town Clerk's Office 1 Main Street, Ayer MA  01432.  Ballots must be returned by Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 8:00pm.  

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The Primary Election is when you vote for the political party you choose to be affiliated with when you register to vote.  The Primary Election is when 2 factors are most important for residents in Ayer: Your political affiliation and your precinct.

The Precinct is determined by the Elections Office for the State. They divide the population so that you (the voter) are fairly represented in the multiple levels of government (Federal, State District and Local Level)  These numbers are driven by voter registration and the Yearly Town Census.  

The Primary Election is the process that determines the one candidate that will be chosen to represent each political party in the general election ballot (in November).

With this Primary Election there are 3 political party ballots:  Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian.  If you are Unenrolled (previously known as Independent) you can choose any party ballot to vote in your precinct.  If you are registered in another political party (that does not have a ballot this primary, example: Green Rainbow) you are then able to choose between the three available parties in your precinct.

ALSO: we have 2 precincts in Ayer. Precinct 1 and Precinct 2.  There are 2 DIFFERENT ballots because we have 2 State Reps for the House that are different depending on your precinct.  You can only vote in YOUR precinct. This is when it especially matters.  For example:  if you are registered to vote as a Republican and reside in precinct 2, you would vote on the Republican ballot for precinct 2.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the clerk’s office at 978-772-8215 and speak with Susan or Lauri or email at