As you know, the April 7, 2020 election has been postponed to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s social distancing order. We understand from the State House, there is currently no legislation to allow us to postpone the election further. Therefore, we will be implementing several safety precautions for our election workers and voters, which will impact the way voters in Rehoboth vote in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes being considered are combining polling locations/precincts, reducing the number of election workers at the polling site, reducing polling hours, personal protection (mask/glove) requirements, germ barriers for election workers, sanitizing procedures and much more.
On May 26, 2020, the Board of Selectmen voted to reduce the polling locations and polling hours due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, State of Emergency and Social Distancing Protocols. Selectman Dave Perry made the MOTION "To designate the COA Building, 55 Bay State Road in Rehoboth, MA as the polling place for the June 30, 2020 Rehoboth Annual Town Election, and to set 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM as the hours the polling place shall remain open for in-person voting; and to take another action as may be required to comply with guidance provided by Town Counsel and the Massachusetts Elections Division. Said motion is made in recognition of the extraordinary challenges of conducting an Election during a public health emergency." The motion was seconded by Skip Vadnais. Selectmen Voted Unanimously to approve. Motion approved 4-0; Selectman Costello was absent.
As you learned last month, in light of widespread practice of social distancing, the State approved two alternatives to voting in person.
We are highly recommending you consider one of the options below for the 6-30-2020 Annual Town Election for your health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- First, the law allows any registered voter taking precaution related to COVID-19 to vote by absentee ballot. All applications for an absentee ballot must be received by the Town Clerk before noon on Monday, June 29, 2020, the last business day before the election. Any registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot by sending a signed request to the Town Clerk’s office or by clickinig on the "Absentee Voting" link above or attachment below. Your absentee voting ballot must be received by the Town Clerk before the polls close on election day.
- Second, the law provides for early voting by mail. All applications for early voting ballots must be received before noon on Monday, June 29, 2020, the last business day before the election. Any registered voter may obtain an early voting ballot by sending a signed request to the Town Clerk’s office or by filling out and returning the early voting application; please click on the "Early Voting By Mail Only" link above or attachment below. Your early voting ballot must be received by the Town Clerk before the polls close on election day.
Please stay healthy and safe!