Voter Registration Information
Any person who is a Massachusetts resident, a United States citizen and will be eighteen years old as of the next election, is eligible to vote. First time voters in Massachusetts must provide a copy of their identification if registering to vote by mail. If no ID is provided, they will be required to show proof of residency at the polling location on Election Day. When signing the registration form, you must attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are legally eligible to register and that the information you provide is accurate and truthful. The penalty for fraudulent registration increased recently to a fine of ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.
Voter registration has never been easier than it is today. You may visit the Oxford Town Clerk's Office, located at Town Hall, 325 Main Street, and complete a voter registration form in person. Mail-in forms also may be obtained by calling the State Elections Division at 800-462-VOTE). Those meeting the above in the
who may register section and who have a Massachusetts driver's license, can submit their registration online. Confirmation notices will be sent out in a timely manner, if you do not receive one, please call the Town Clerk's Office. In addition, branches of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles, Oxford and North Oxford Post Offices, social service agencies, and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services.
There are deadlines when you have to be registered to vote. You must register to vote at least ten days before any Town or State election or Presidential Primary. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Town Clerk's Office at 508-987-6032.
The Annual Census is conducted in January each year as required by Massachusetts State Law. You should return it as soon as possible and within ten days. The census is important for many reasons. The current population count is the basis for the allocation of State and Federal Funds. Compliance with this State requirement provides proof of residence to protect voting rights, veteran's bonus, housing for the elderly, and many other related benefits. Also, if you do not return your census, it may affect your voting status. The town census is the only way the Town Clerk can verify residency and that is important for school enrollment, the voter's list, and maintenance of updated statistics.
The polls are open in Oxford from 8 am to 8 pm for town elections and from 7 am to 8 pm for all state and federal elections. The annual town election is held on the third Tuesday of May. Polling locations are:
- Precinct 1 and Precinct 4 are both located at the Chaffee School, 9 Clover Street, in the gym. Voters should park in the Locust Street parking area and must enter through the doors on Locust Street, not the front doors.
- Precinct 2, Precinct 3 and Precinct 4A are located at the Middle School, 497 Main Street, in the gym. Voters should park on the northerly side of the building and enter through the doors near the gym, not the front doors.
In primary elections, voters who register in a political party may only obtain a ballot for that party. If you are an unenrolled voter (commonly referred to as an independent voter), you may request the ballot of any party participating in the primary election. You will not become registered in a political party because of your participation in a state primary. Any voter that is registered in a political designation may now vote in a primary.
Once you receive your ballot, you cast your votes in privacy of the voting booth. You may choose from the choices available on the ballot or, if you prefer, write-in the name of a candidate in the space provided on the ballot.
If you make a mistake on your ballot, you must return it to the poll worker to have it marked as spoiled so that you may receive a new ballot.
If you are disabled and need assistance, you may be accompanied by someone who can provide the needed assistance or request a poll worker to provide you with confidential, non-partisan help.