Election & Census
The City of Lowell's Election and Census Commission manages and conducts all aspects of the voting process for municipal, state, and federal elections within the City of Lowell. Throughout the year, the Election Office registers voters and provides voter lists and other public information, and maintains a list of trained temporary poll workers and wardens to staff each polling location.
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NOTICE: Testing Ballot Machines - Municipal Preliminary 9.21.21
New Election SystemBeginning this year, a new system, referred to as a district and at-large “hybrid” system, will be in place for the election of members of the Lowell City Council and School Committee. The new system, created under the terms of a federal consent decree, replaces the City’s prior “at-large” system. The City Council voted to adopt the “hybrid” system in November 2019 after Lowell voters expressed a preference for the system on the November 5, 2019 municipal election ballot.
Under the new system, the City Council will be expanded from nine to eleven members. The City has been divided into eight districts, and each district will elect one member to the Council. Three City Councilors will be elected at-large by voters from the whole City. For School Committee elections, there will be four districts created by combining the eight City Council districts into groups of two. Each School Committee district will elect one member, and two School Committee members will be elected at-large by voters from the whole City.
The City retained voting rights expert Dr. Nathaniel Persily to draw district boundaries in accordance with the terms of the federal consent decree. Districts were required to contain approximately the same number of registered voters, and two districts were required to be majority minority, where Asian-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos together comprise a majority of the citizen voting age population.
To view a searchable version of the new district map, click here.
For more information on the new election system, visit: yourlowellyourvote.com
2021 Candidate Information
The deadline to submit nomination papers to the Election Commission was August 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM.
Click here to view a list of candidates certified for the City of Lowell's 2021 municipal elections.
A drawing to determine the order in which candidates will appear on the ballot in Preliminary Elections in Districts 2, 3, 4, and 7 will take place on August 20 at 10:00. Click here to view the notice.
To view a guide of the new election system for candidates, click here.
For more important dates, view the 2021 Election Calendar.
Voter Registration Status
You may check your voter information by calling the Election & Census Office at (978) 674-4046 or online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx.