Annual Town Meeting & Election

Annual Town Meeting & Election: Saturday, May 6, 2023 

Vote by mail application: complete and return to Town Clerk

Citizen Petition - For Town Meeting

What is a Petition Article?

A Petition Article is a proposal brought to Town Meeting by a citizen or group of citizens. The petition
can be on any topic that is relevant to action by Ashfield town government.

Getting a Petition Article on the Town Meeting Warrant 

Before you begin, consult with the Town Administrator or with any boards or committees who may have jurisdiction over the matter in order to seek feedback, advice, and support. The board or committee may agree that the issue needs to be addressed and may decide to undertake the process of proposing and supporting it; this outcome would make a petition unnecessary. If the board will not propose the idea itself, you will complete the process for submitting a citizen petition.

1. Obtain a copy of the Citizen Petition form and complete it with your information. It is recommended that before going out to get signatures, you review your form with the Town Clerk to ensure that you have entered information correctly and to confirm deadlines and next steps. It is also highly recommended that you have someone proofread the language of your proposed article, as the wording cannot be changed from what you include on the forms.

2. It is recommended (but not required) that when you begin gathering signatures you send a courtesy copy of the proposed article to the Select Board at so they know what will be coming in. 

3. Gather signatures from registered Ashfield voters. The voter information on the form must be readable, complete, and correct to facilitate validation by the Clerk's office and Board of Registrars. The number of valid signatures needed is different depending on the type of Town Meeting to which you bring the article. Annual (spring) Town Meetings require 10 signatures for a petition article. Special Town Meetings require 100 signatures for a petition article. It is recommended that you gather more than the minimum number of signatures in case not all signatures can be validated.

4. When sufficient signatures are gathered, turn them in to the Town Clerk's office before the deadline. The Clerk's Office will notify you after signatures have been validated and the form has been signed off by the Board of Registrars.

5. Send a copy of the exact article wording in Microsoft Word (or comparable) format to the Town Administrator. 

6. Stay in touch with the Town Administrator and the Moderator to prepare for Town Meeting. Petitioners will be expected to attend Town Meeting. Once the article is introduced, the Moderator will ask for a motion and a second. Then he will ask if there is any discussion before taking a vote.

Learn more about Town Meeting and the Budget Process

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Citizen’s Guide to Town Meetings

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Common Municipal Budget Terms

Annual Town Meeting and Election

Special Town Meeting

Saturday May 7, 2022

The 2022 Annual Town Meeting will be held on Saturday May 7, 2022.  There will be a Special Town Meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Annual Town Meeting, both events will be held at Town Hall either in Upper Hall or on Town Common.  

The Town election will be taken up in Article 1 and the polls will open shortly after 10 AM.  The polls will be open until 4 PM.  For Town Election Information Click Here

FY’23 Budget & Annual Town Meeting Warrant

Budget Presentation
Presentation will be available once submitted by Finance
ATM Warrant
Annual Town Meeting Warrant (PDF)
Annual Town Meeting Warrant (Signed)

Finance Committee Article
Article forthcoming after May Ashfield News published
Special Town Meeting Warrant
Special Town Meeting Warrant (PDF)
Special Town Meeting Warrant (Signed)

Article 7 - Mohawk Trail Regional District Budget
Mohawk Trail FY23 Budget
Mohawk Capital Planning FY22-FY28