The first step to running for office locally is to visit the Town Clerk's office to pull nomination papers and gather the required number of signatures of registered voters on nomination papers. The number of signatures for Grafton is (50) fifty, but we strongly encourage securing more in case some are not able to be certified. Nomination papers will be available around the mid to end of January.
Once the signatures are gathered, the nomination papers are submitted to the Town Clerk/Board of Registrars for certification. If the required number of signatures is certified, the candidate will appear on the ballot. Guidelines and instruction for seeking elected office are available from the Town Clerk's office.
Please note, no candidate for a city or town office is to be given more blank nomination papers than will contain five times the number of signatures rquired to be nomitated.
For more information, please read the How to Run For Office in Massachusetts guide from the Secretary of Commonwealth. The Election Division in Boston is also available to answer questions at 617-727-2828.