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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

August 12,2020

Anniversary Flyer

The North Shore Committee of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is hosting a Zoom webinar:

"The 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage: A Conversation about the Future"

August 17, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM. Click here to register.

Mail-in Voting has begun!

August 8, 2020

If you plan to vote by mail, and you've returned your application to the Topsfield Town Clerk, look for your ballot to arrive soon! Contact the Topsfield Town Clerk for more information about mail-in voting and in-person early voting August 22-28.

It is recommended that you use a black Sharpie to mark your ballot since it will be processed through the voting machine as usual.
A black pen will also work, but blue ink is not recommended. Remember, you can return your ballot to Town Hall using the secure drop-box next to the historic front door. Click here to track your ballot.

The last date to vote in the Democratic Primary is September 1. You have choices to make. Are you ready?

For US Senate:

For US House of Representatives (6th District):

Congressional Debate Series Continues - Topsfield DTC to co-sponsor August 5th Debate

July 26, 2020

Debate Flyer

A coalition of 15 organizations representing communities in Northern Essex County is pleased to announce that Seth Moulton, Jamie Belsito, and Angus McQuilken, will be challenged on local and nationwide issues in a debate premiering on August 5th at 7:00 PM.

This debate will be available to watch on YouTube or your local cable access channel. As details are still fluid, please go to bit.ly/MA-6Debate for full viewing options.

Don't miss this chance to see which candidate will best represent us in Congress during these challenging times.

#MA06DEBATES

Make sure your Democratic Primary vote counts!

July 24, 2020

Incumbents, Senator Ed Markey and Representative Seth Moulton, are each being challenged in the Democratic primary.

Registered Democrats and those unaffiliated with any party may request a Democratic Ballot in person at the polls on September 1, or by mail with the 2020 Vote by Mail Application. (Early in-person voting is scheduled for August 22-28.)

If you were registered to vote as of July 1, you should have received your postcard Official 2020 Vote by Mail Application, which is return-addressed to Topsfield Town Clerk, postage pre-paid. You may also:

If you intend to vote by mail, please return this application as soon as possible. Plan ahead for turn-around time for the Town Clerk to process the application and mail you a ballot. The Town Clerk must then receive your voted ballot by September 1.

6th Congressional District Debate - August 2 at 7:30PM

July 16, 2020

Debate

The Swampscott, Nahant and Marblehead Democratic Town Committees invite you to join us Sunday, August 2 at 7:30 PM. Our Tri-Town Committees are pleased to sponsor the first Congressional debate ahead of the Sept. 1 Primary. All three of our Congressional candidates, Rep. Seth Moulton, Angus McQuilken, and Jamie Zahlway Belsito, will debate the issues that are of great importance to our CD 6 voters.

The candidates and moderator, Jim Peterson, will be on site at the Nahant Town Hall and filmed by Nahant's cable TV, without an audience. The debate will be live streamed on YouTube. Jim Walsh, Chair of the Nanhant DTC is working with local cable TV to provide access to our communities, even if it is re-airing with a link that we provide.

We hope to have an interesting, informative debate, which illuminates differences in perspectives and approaches to problem solving the challenges we face. Questions can be submitted to Nahant.6thcd.CongressionalDebate@gmail.com

Mark your calendars!

The Topsfield DTC will be part of a 15-organization-sponsored debate on August 5. Two other debates are scheduled for August 13 and August 18. More details to follow.

Election Reform passed for 2020 MA Elections

July 8, 2020

We all know how important voter participation is in any election. Voter turnout in Topsfield has ranged from less than 25% to more than 70% of registered voters.

In response to concerns about voting at polling places during the COVID-19 pandemic, a law was passed allowing vote by mail for the September 1 Primary and November 3 General Elections. You can download an application here.

Visit the Secretary of State's COVID-19 Elections Updates page for more information about the law.

Primary Candidates for MA 6th Congressional District Set to Debate in August

July 8, 2020

Watch this space for more details about a series of debates between incumbent Rep. Seth Moulton and his challengers, Jamie Belsito, and Angus McQuilken.

Ask the Candidates

June 11, 2020

On September 1st the MA Democratic Primary will be held to determine the Democratic candidates for US Senate and for the Representative for the 6th Congressional District. Two Topsfield residents, Jamie Belsito and Angus McQuilken, are challenging the incumbent, Seth Moulton. The Topsfield Democratic Town Committee invites our residents to submit questions to contact@topsfielddems.org.

What role can the federal government play in addressing your concerns for your family and our community? We will submit your questions to the campaigns of the three candidates for US Representative. All submissions must be in the form of questions. The Committee reserves the right to review submissions for inappropriate comments that do not contribute to civil civic engagement.

We will post your questions, responses from the candidates as they become available, and links to candidate-related events here.

Topsfield Annual Town Meeting Date Change

June 2, 2020

Please note that the date of the Topsfield Annual Town Meeting has been changed to Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 AM. The meeting will be held at Masconomet Regional High School, 20 Endicott Road, Boxford, MA. A link to the warrant and other information can be found here.

Topsfield Town Clerk posts update on Topsfield Town Election, scheduled for June 25

May 20, 2020

To participate in the Topsfield Town Election, voters may vote by mail if they prefer to avoid the polls on election day, June 25.

The Topsfield Town Clerk has posted details, including a link to the Early Ballot Application, and a link to a sample ballot.

The application is available online NOW for download.

The Town Clerk's office will be mailing paper Early Ballot Applications to every household in which there are registered voters prior to the mailing (which is anticipated to occur during week ended May 22). If Town Hall remains closed to the public, the Town Clerk encourages voters to adhere to the following dates to allow for timely processing of applications and ballots:

Election Reform considered for 2020 MA Elections

May 16, 2020

We all know how important voter participation is in any election. Voter turnout in Topsfield has ranged from less than 25% to more than 70% of registered voters.

COVID-19 has given voters an additional concern about turning out to vote at polling places this election season. While the MA legislature considers various election reform bills to implement voting by mail, the legislature has also clarified existing law regarding applying for, and voting by, absentee ballot.

Visit the Secretary of State's COVID-19 Elections Updates page to identify any new laws regarding voting options for local and state elections this year.

Topsfield offers two of its own to face Incumbent Seth Moulton on the September 1 Primary Ballot

Jamie Belsito Angus McQuilken

Our own Jamie Belsito and Angus McQuilken have launched campaigns for US House of Representatives to represent the 6th District. Links to their campaigns can be found here.

The three candidates will appear on the September 1 Primary Ballot. The winner will face a Republican challenger in the General Election on November 3rd.

Incumbent Senator Ed Markey and Challenger Joe Kennedy III to appear on September 1 Primary Ballot

The MA Democratic Convention has been cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19. Both candidates will be vying for your Primary vote on September 1. The winner will face a Republican challenger in the General Election on November 3rd.

Topsfield Democrats reorganize their Democratic Town Committee Remotely and Launch a New Website

April 11, 2020

Democratic Town Committee Members meeting via Zoom

On April 11, 2020, the Topsfield DTC met via Zoom and reorganized our committee. Our committee grew to 16 elected members on Presidential Primary Day, March 3rd. Heidi Fox, re-elected Chair, is grateful for our newly elected Vice-Chair Joel Hariton and Secretary Jackie Cassiday, and re-elected Treasurer, Chris Ruggles. You can read about our members here.

With this reorganization, we are launching our new website. We hope to inform and engage the Topsfield community with this endeavor.

There were 4,547 registered voters in Topsfield, and 49.7% turned out on March 3rd. Of those who voted, 76% took a Democratic ballot to select the candidate of their choice. Former Vice President Joe Biden was the winner in Topsfield and is now the presumptive nominee to face Donald Trump in the General Election on November 3rd.

Candidates Need Your Signature before May 5th Deadline

April 11, 2020

Candidates seeking State-wide and Federal Congressional offices need you to sign their nomination papers! May 5th is the last day for campaigns to submit their nomination papers to Topsfield's Registrar of Voters for certification of signatures. Massachusetts's COVID-19 stay-at-home advisory has not changed this deadline and there is no indication that the legislature will address this. Candidates are getting creative, and mailing nomination papers to individuals. Watch social media and your mailbox! Support their efforts to secure a place on the ballot.

UPDATE 4/17/20: A MA SJC ruling will allow candidates to collect signatures electronically. You can see all the updates to the nomination process here.