The Town of Pelham

Town Meeting

Since its founding in 1743, the Town of Pelham has maintained the traditional New England Open Town Meeting form of government.  Major decisions affecting the town such as local bylaws and budget are made by the registered voters meeting as a local legislative body.  Every registered voter may attend and vote at town meetings.  The elected Town Moderator is in charge of the meetings.

Annual (Spring) Town Meeting is held on either the first or second Saturday in May.  It is held at the Pelham Elementary School auditorium and normally begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until the business of the warrant is completed; usually 1:00 p.m.  The deadline for articles to be placed on the Annual Town Meeting warrant is at least 40 days prior to the date of the meeting and the date is set by the Board of Selectmen.  Articles placed on the Annual Town Meeting warrant by citizens require the signatures of 10 registered voters from Pelham.

Special, or Fall Town Meeting is generally held on a Weekday evening some time mid to late October at the Old Town Hall.  Using the Old Town Hall for Fall Town Meeting maintains its status as the oldest Town Hall in continuous use in the United States.  Articles placed on the Fall Town Meeting warrant by citizens petition require the signatures of 100 registered voters from Pelham.  Two hundred signatures are required to call a special town meeting.

The Spring Town Meeting has been set for Saturday May 6, 2017.

The Fall Town Meeting has been set for Monday, October 16, 2017.

Town Meeting and Election Calendar