Submitting Articles

In New England, a warrant is a document issued by the Select Board to call a town meeting. Warrants essentially list an agenda of items to be voted on by town meeting members. For example, items vary from the annual operating budget to adjustment of by-laws or petitioned articles.

Submissions Requirements

The Select Board adopted the Town Meeting Warrant Article Process (PDF) to direct the timing and content of article submissions from Town staff, boards, committees, and citizens to insert into warrants for Annual and Special Town Meetings. 

A citizen wishing to place an article on an Annual Town Meeting warrant must present a petition with at least ten (10) registered voters containing the wording as it is to appear on the warrant. One hundred (100) signatures are needed for a Special Town Meeting warrant. 

All article submissions should include the proposed text for an article, with the expectation that legal requirements and technical terms will be addressed by Town Counsel.

Notice of Warrant

At least 14 days prior to the opening of the Warrant for any Annual or Special Town Meeting, the Select Board will post notices of their intention to do so, and additionally will publish a notice of the opening and closing dates. 

Important Upcoming Dates

View the updated Fiscal Year 2024 Plymouth Government & Election Calendar (PDF)

Fall Annual 2023 Town Meeting - Saturday, October 21, 2023

  • Warrant Opens for Fall Annual Town Meeting: Tuesday, July 25, 2023
  • Warrant Closes for Fall Annual Town Meeting: Friday, August 11, 2023, at 12:00 p.m.

Spring Annual & Special Town Meeting - Saturday, April 6, 2024

  • Warrant Opens for Annual Town Meeting: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
  • Warrant Closes for Annual Town Meeting: Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Warrant Opens for Special Town Meeting: Tuesday, January 2, 2024
  • Warrant Closes for Special Town Meeting: Friday, February 2, 2024, at 12:00 p.m.

Submission Tip

As stated in the Town Meeting Warrant Article Process (PDF), articles should be submitted in advance to the Town Manager's Office and Town Counsel to review the issues of legality and form.