October 17, 2018: Last date to register to vote in the November 6 election, or to change your registration. The Town Clerk's office will be open until 8 p.m. on October 17. On-line registrations must be executed by midnight.
October 22 through November 2: Early Voting. Voters registered in Amherst may vote at any of the following times and locations:
- From October 22, 2018 to November 2, 2018, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm at the Amherst Town Hall.
- Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the North Fire Station, 603 East Pleasant St. or at the Munson Memorial Library, 1046 S East St.
- October 24, 25, and 26 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the UMass Student Union Building, 41 Campus Center Way.
Voters may also apply for a mail-in early ballot.
November 5, 12 pm: Absentee ballot requests must be received by the Town Clerk.
November 6, 2018: Election Day for both the Massachusetts State election and the Amherst Town election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. More information for voters, including sample ballots, polling places and District maps, is at the Town Clerk's website.
Candidates for federal, state-wide and regional offices are on the state ballot. Three state ballot issues and two non-binding district ballot questions are also on the ballot.
Note: Independent Solomon Goldstein-Rose withdrew from the race for the Hampshire 3rd District House seat at the beginning of August, but his name remains on the ballot because the deadline for getting it off the ballot was June 1.
League positions on ballot questions: See below.
Ballots are specific to the Council District of the voter. Four candidates are running for the two Council seats in each district. The six at-large candidates running for the three at-large Council seats will also be on the ballot in all Districts. This first Town Council will serve for three years, until the end of 2021. Future Town Councils will be elected to two-year terms in odd-numbered years, along with other Town officials such as the School and Library Boards. Details of the structure of the new local government and the transition process can be found in the Amherst Home Rule Charter.
October 23: LWVA candidate forums for Town Council candidates, 6 to 9 p.m. at the ARMS auditorium. Recorded by Amherst Media:
The Town Council Districts (maps) are:
- District 1 (2 seats): Precincts 1 and 3 (note: only four candidates have filed for the two District 1 Council seats)
- District 2 (2 seats): Precincts 2 and 6
- District 3 (2 seats): Precincts 4 and 10
- District 4 (2 seats): Precincts 5 and 9
- District 5 (2 seats): Precincts 7 and 8
- At-large (3 seats): All precincts
- Amherst Town Council (PDF), also as published in the November 2 Amherst Bulletin
- Federal, state-wide and regional contests
- LWVMA positions on statewide ballot issues
- LWVA positions on all ballot issues (PDF)
- Voter information (one-page handout, PDF)