2023 Caucus Information

The 2023 Town Caucus will be held on Monday, March 6, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Great Hall, Dover Town House

Open Positions as listed in Article 30 of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant are as follows:

Moderator1one year
Town Clerk1three years
Selectman1three years
Assessor1three years
Dover School Committee2three years
Dover Sherborn Regional School Committee1three years
Library Board of Trustees2three years
Cemetery Commission1three years
Planning Board1five years
Board of Health1three years
Park and Recreation
1three years

NOMINATION PAPERS - Candidates for town office who were not nominated at the Caucus but would like to run for town office can obtain nomination papers from the Town Clerk as of Wednesday, March 8, 2023. 

Nomination papers must be submitted to the Board of Registrars by 3:00pm on March 27, 2023. A minimum of 35 registered voter signatures are required for nomination. It is always wise to get some extra signatures.

2022 Caucus Results

Click here to view 2022 Caucus results 

General Caucus Information

The Caucus is a meeting of citizens called by the Selectmen and usually held in March or April for the purpose of making nominations for local offices. Any citizen seeking an office may have his or her name placed in nomination, be seconded, and have his or her qualifications stated. 

When the nominations are closed, the polls are opened and all registered voters present may vote for the candidates of their choice. They are provided with a ballot on which only the offices, not names, are printed. Each voter fills in the names as desired.

The two people receiving the highest number of votes cast for an office become official Caucus Nominees and are so designated on the ballot on Election Day.

Nomination Papers

A citizen who was unsuccessful in becoming a Caucus Nominee, or did not have his or her name presented at the Caucus, may run on nomination papers. These are obtained from the Town Clerk and must be signed by 39 registered voters. Nomination papers must be filed with the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s office at least 49 days before Election Day.

Write-In Candidates

In addition to the more traditional process of Town Caucus and Nomination Papers, occasionally a candidate will seek election by having voters write in his/her name on the printed ballot on Election Day.