Instructions for Petition Circulators

Nomination petitions

Candidates are required to circulate their own nomination petition per Ordinance 2018-022.
For a Councilmember candidate name to appear on the election ballot, candidates must have at least twenty-five valid, registered elector signatures from their district.   Mayoral candidates must have at least ten valid, registered electors from each of the six election districts. When the nomination petition is filed with the Town Clerk, the candidate must affix their signature affirming compliance with the following: 

  • Candidate personally observed the elector signing the nomination petition in their presence
  • Signer is a registered voter prior to signing the petition
  • Signer may only sign the petition as themselves

No additional signatures may be recorded after the circulator affidavit is notarized.

Additional circulator instructions

  • Please have individuals sign petition in either blue or black ink
  • Petition sections may not be disassembled
  • Individuals may only sign one petition for a Councilmember candidate in their district (if multiple petitions are signed by the same elector, all signatures by the elector will be disqualified)
  • Individuals may only sign one petition for a Mayoral candidate (if multiple petitions are signed by the same elector, all signatures by the elector will be disqualified)
  • Individuals must complete all information sections on the petition form
  • Individuals should sign their name as they are registered to vote as (use legal name, avoid nicknames)
  • Individuals current address must be a street address (no post office box addresses will be accepted)
  • Individuals making a correction or a change to the petition must initial the change made

Nomination petition submission

Completed nomination petitions with the required minimum number of signatures are filed with the Town Clerk.  It is advisable to file a nomination petition as early as possible. The Town Clerk will verify that the nomination petition is sufficient in the requisite number of signatures to place the candidate name on the election ballot.

If the Clerk decides the petition is insufficient, then the candidate may have an opportunity to circulate additional petitions to meet the signature requirements prior to the deadline.