[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Medfield as Art. I of the 1926 Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended ATM 6-27-1966; ATM 4-28-1981; 4-28-2014 ATM by Art. 32]
The Annual Town Election for the election of officers and other matters as may be voted on the official ballot shall be held on the last Monday in March, each year. The Annual Town Meeting shall be held on the last Monday in April of each year.
The polls for the election of Town officers and such other matters as may be voted on official ballots shall be opened at 6:00 a.m. and be closed at 8:00 p.m.
Notice and warning of Annual Town Meetings shall be given by attested copies of the warrant calling the same in not less than five public places in the Town at least seven days before the time of holding the meeting. Notice and warning of Special Town Meetings shall be given by posting attested copies of the warrant calling the same in not less than five public places in the Town at least 14 days before the time of holding such meeting.
[ATM 3-21-1966; 4-28-2014 ATM by Art. 32]
In the event that any Town Meeting shall not have been completed by 10:45 p.m., it shall be adjourned to a place and time determined by a majority of the voters then present; however, the Moderator shall be authorized to keep any such Town Meeting in session for any additional half-hour period, if, in his or her opinion, the meeting will thereby be enabled to complete the remaining business.
[ATM 6-27-1966; 4-28-2014 ATM by Art. 32]
The number of voters necessary to constitute a quorum at any Town Meeting shall be 250, provided that a number less than a quorum may from time to time adjourn the same.
A vote at any Town Meeting shall be subject to only one motion for reconsideration and such motion shall require a two-thirds vote. Action on a motion for reconsideration shall be postponed until the next session unless the current session has been declared to be the last. No motion for rescission will be in order.
When a two-thirds vote is required for passage of any matter at an Annual or Special Town Meeting, the Moderator may declare that the matter passed, if he concludes that the votes cast in favor of passage were two-thirds of the votes cast, and no count of the votes need be taken even though the vote in favor of passage was less than unanimous; but in declaring passage, the Moderator shall expressly declare that at least two-thirds of the votes cast were in favor of passage and said declaration shall be recorded by the Town Clerk in the official minutes of the meeting. Nothing herein shall preclude seven or more voters from questioning the declaration in accordance with MGL c. 39, § 15, and thereupon a standing count shall be taken.
Editor's Note: Original Art. I, Sec. 3, of the Town Bylaws, which immediately followed this section, was repealed ATM 6-2-2003.
Any resident of the Town over 15 and under 18 years of age may attend a Town Meeting, provided that, in the sole discretion of the Moderator, there is sufficient room for such persons in addition to all registered voters attending said meeting. Such persons shall be seated in an area to be designated by the Moderator and shall not vote.
[STM 5-4-1982; amended 4-28-2014 ATM by Art. 30]
The time for speaking and the number of speakers shall be in the sound discretion of the Moderator, subject to an appropriate motion to limit discussion.