The Town of Amherst will hold its first election for the New Town Council on Tuesday November 6, 2018, the same date as the State election. A preliminary election, if required, will be held on September 4, 2018, the same date as the State primary.
Registered voters in Amherst will be electing a 13-member Council for the Town of Amherst - three Councilors-at-Large and ten District Councilors, two from each of five districts. If there are more than twice as many candidates as seats, a preliminary election will be held. To gain a place on the ballot, a candidate for District Councilor must obtain the signatures of 25 voters all of which shall be from the district in which the nomination is sought and a candidate for Councilor-at-Large must obtain the signatures of 50 voters.
Councilors will serve from December 3, 2018 until the first Monday in January, 2022.
The schedule is:
May 1, 2018: Nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk’s office
June 29, 2018: Nomination papers due to the Town Clerk’s office
September 4, 2018: Preliminary Election
November 6, 2018: Special Town Election
To encourage full voter participation, the schedule aligns with the State election schedule. Nomination papers are available now to allow any registered voter, including college students registered in Amherst, to collect the requisite number of signatures before the end of spring terms at the colleges and university. The election schedule also provides for military and overseas voters to have the full right and ability to participate in the election process.
The Town Manager will work with Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts to distribute information including deadlines on how to register to vote, seek office, and vote either in person or by absentee ballot.
Contact: Paul Bockelman, Town Manager
For immediate release: May 1, 2018