Election Day Information

The Town of Lincoln has two precincts, but a single polling place – the Smith School gym on Ballfield Road; see map below. The polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for all state elections; poll hours for the annual town election are 7:30 am to 8:00 pm

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With the exception of professional staff, Lincoln elections are entirely staffed by volunteers. The number of election workers required to staff an election depends on the nature of the election, with high-profile events like the presidential primary or election drawing much larger crowds.

Poll workers
are required to attend an election training session at least once a year and are generally asked to serve 4 – 6 hour shifts. If you are interested in serving as a poll worker, we would be delighted to hear from you! Please click here and provide us with your name, contact information, and the months of the year (if any) during which you are NOT available to serve.

Handicapped Voters may avail themselves of a machine at the polls called the AutoMark. It is a large device at which the visually or hearing impaired may sit while using the machine to actually mark their own individual ballot before depositing it in their precinct’s ballot box. Alternatively, handicapped voters may obtain Permanent Absentee status; for further information click here.

Votes for Write-In Candidates or "sticker votes" should ideally include the correct name and address of the candidates. However, courts have ruled that a vote should be counted whenever the intent of the voter can reasonably be determined, even if a voter omits the candidate's address or makes a mistake in the name or address.  If the intent of the voter can be determined with reasonable certainty from an inspection of the ballot, in the light of the generally known conditions attendant upon the election, effect must be given to that intent. This includes where a voter fails to complete the oval next to the write-in space--the write-in vote will still be counted. Voters are requested to write in the candidate information rather than applying a sticker to the ballot.