Meeting Warrants

What's a Warrant?

The warrant lists a meeting's time, place, and agenda. A Town Meeting's action is not valid unless the subject was listed on the warrant.

When is the Warrant Available?

A warrant is available around town and mailed to every household at least 7 days before an annual meeting, and at least 14 days before a special meeting.

Who Makes Up the Warrant?

The selectmen, who "issue" it.

What Are Articles?

Articles are items on the warrant.

May Voters Place Articles on the Warrant?

Yes, voters may "insert" articles in the warrant. They have to do it before selectmen "close" the warrant. To insert an article in the warrant for an annual Town Meeting, at least 10 registered voters of the town must sign a written request. The written request of registered voters for the insertion of subjects in town meeting warrants shall not be valid unless the required number of registered voters not only sign their names but also state their residence, with street and number, if any. Voters do not have to include their addresses after their signatures, but it is a good idea.

If you want a sample of an article to use to draft your article, go to town hall and ask for a copy of the annual report, or check the Town website for warrants from the previous year's Town Meeting, which you can use as samples. For further assistance, contact the town clerk.

Citizens may insert an article in the warrant for a special Town Meeting. Selectmen shall insert in the warrant for every special town meeting all subjects which shall be requested by 100 registered voters or 10% of the total number of voters, whichever is lesser.