June 18, 2019 Special Town Meeting: Remote Question Form


Use the Form below or Text Your Town Meeting Questions to (978) 620-5450.

  • You must be a current registered voter in North Andover
  • Only a question may be submitted. Comments, amendments or motions are not allowed.
  • You must submit a verifiable phone number where your identity and question may be confirmed.
  • This form is only for people who will not be attending Town Meeting. If you are at Town Meeting, you will be required to ask the question in person.
  • Questions may be edited for clarity.

Special Town Meeting Remote Question Form

Participate in the June 18, 2019 Special Town Meeting Straw Poll


North Andover continues to be a laboratory for what Town Meeting may be like in the future. Once again we are testing whether deliberative results from Town Meeting represent the opinion of the citizenry at large. For the second time we will be conducting a straw poll inviting citizens to state their opinion on each article whether they attend Special Town Meeting or not. The straw poll, launched electronically via the town web site, will be live through Town Meeting until its adjournment. Comparative results will be published post the adjournment of the meeting. The votes in this straw poll will not count but merely be an expression of opinion of the people who chose to make that opinion known. Completing this is not a substitution to attending Town Meeting as all deliberative benefits and power is in the room. You are invited to do both – express your opinion here AND come to Special Town Meeting on June 18th at 7PM in the North Andover High School auditorium.

Your identity will only be used for voter validation. Only straw poll results from North Andover Voters will be counted. All results are anonymous and those anonymized result totals will be shared after Special Town Meeting.

Please contact the Town Clerk’s Office with any Voter Registration questions.


May 14, 2019 Town Meeting: Moderator Mark DiSalvo Straw Poll Results

Please find linked the comparative results of our recent test of a remote voting straw poll made available by Moderator Mark DiSalvo.  

This small but perhaps significant experiment revealed that there was complete correlation between the straw poll remote voting survey of citizens and the actual results of the deliberative Town Meeting on May 14, 2019.  

60 North Andover voters took part in the survey innovation. The results show that each article that passed Town Meeting by citizens who attended where all the votes counted reflected fully the results in the straw poll. The experiment was in preparation for the possibility of future virtual town meetings where remote voting would need to take place or providing access to those who cannot participate at the meeting for good reason but choose to be part of town meeting deliberations.  Lessons are being assessed and there will be future communication about providing this opportunity for the upcoming June 18, 2019 Special Town Meeting.  

Thank you to all who participated.