Town Meeting Documents & Information

2018 League of Women Voters Warrant Discussion Night

The corrected dates for the Warrant Discussion Night to be held at the Beech Street Center are:

Scheduled 2018 Town Meetings:

All Town Meeting Sessions begin at 7pm unless otherwise stated

Annual Town Meetings

The business of the Annual Town Meeting, Segment A for April 30, 2018 has been concluded.
A Roll Call Vote was called for Article 12, click here for details
Annual Town Meeting, Segment B will continue on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Additional nights of Town Meeting as needed are June 4th, June 6th and June 11th
Documents sent to Town Meeting Members:

Special Town Meetings

The business of the Special Town Meeting scheduled on May 2, 2018 has been concluded

A Roll Call Vote was called for Article 1, click here for details


Documents for Previous Town Meetings:

For documents sent to Town Meeting Members regarding concluded sessions of Town Meeting, click here.


Belmont Town Meeting Procedures:

Belmont Town Meeting follows the procedures and law in Town Meeting Time: A Handbook of Parliamentary Law by Richard B. Johnson. This book can be obtained by the Massachusetts Moderators' Association, the Belmont Public Library and both retail and online booksellers.

  • Click here for the Moderator letter to Town Meeting Members describing changes to Town Meeting in 2015.
  • Click here for the Belmont Town Meeting Member Handbook (Revised April 2015).
  • Click here for the Belmont Representative Town Meeting Acts of 1926 As Amended.
  • Click here for the Belmont Bylaws (For Town Meeting, please refer to Chapter 30). Requires CAPTCHA verification.
  • Click here for a Citizen's Guide to Town Meeting


Electronic Voting at Town Meeting

To view the report for Electronic Voting at Town Meeting, click here.

Town Meeting now uses, in addition to voice voting, an Electronic Voting system utilizing a peripheral called a Response Card. The response cards will be handed out to Town Meeting Members before the start of Town Meeting and they must be returned at the end of the night. Town Meeting members will use the Electronic Voting system at the Moderator's discretion.

Reminders for Town Meeting Members:

Instructions on how electronic voting works and how to use the response card can be found here.

Reminders to Town Meeting Members regarding what is required from Town Meeting Members during electronic voting and how electronic voting will be used at Town Meeting can be found here.


Adding Articles to the Town Meeting Warrant:

Articles may be placed on the Annual Town Meeting Warrant by citizen petition or by the Board of Selectmen. A citizen petition must be submitted to the Town Clerk by the time and date of warrant close.

  • For the Annual Town Meeting, the petition must contain the signatures of at least 10 registered voters as certified by the Town Clerk.
  • For a Special Town Meeting that has already been called by the Board of Selectmen, the petition must contain the signatures of at least 100 registered voters as certified by the Town Clerk.
  • To call a new Special Town Meeting by citizen petition, the petition must contain the signatures of at least 200 registered voters as certified by the Town Clerk.

It is always advisable to submit at least 30% more signatures than the requirement.Petitions must include the name, address and signatures of each voter, each sheet containing the exact language of the petition.

A downloadable Citizens' Petition form is available here.

Reminders for Town Meeting Members:

All main motions and proposed amendments involving the expenditure of money must be in writing. All other motions and proposed amendments must also be in writing unless they are so brief and simple as to be easily understood when stated orally.

All substantive amendments and motions to be offered under an article in the Warrant must be submitted to the Town Clerk in writing no later than the close of business on the third (3RD) business day before the commencement of the session at which the Article is considered.

Town Meeting Members should plan to arrive in sufficient time to sign in and take a seat to begin the meeting promptly.