WDTC Statement on Voting Processes in Wayland
This week, the Executive Board of the Wayland Democratic Town Committee approved this statement in response to a Republican candidate's allegations regarding Wayland's electoral process:
"The Republican running to represent Precincts 1, 2, and 3 of Wayland referred to Wayland’s electoral process as “tainted” and alleged elected officials in Wayland are “denying people their vote.” We find this language troubling. It is sad to see allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression have arrived at our doorstep. Although we share disappointment in finding the Town Clerk made an error in submitting the wrong mail-in ballots to some Wayland residents, we also acknowledge that these actions were simply that: a mistake. To suggest ill intent or a plan to favor one party over another is flat out wrong. This error affects both candidates at an equal level. If anything, this incident suggests it is time for our Town to reconsider whether the Office of the Town Clerk was adequately resourced to meet increasing vote-by-mail demand in the 2020 election during the pandemic and will have sufficient resources moving forward.
Rather than point fingers, cry foul, and allege fraudulent conduct, we wish to inform Wayland residents of the steps to take to cure this mistake and ensure your vote for State Representative is counted. If you received the wrong ballot, we urge you to contact the Town Clerk by email at or by phone at 508-358-6795. The Town Clerk will provide you with a replacement ballot. Multiple options are available for individuals who received the wrong ballot, including:
• Requesting, receiving, and returning a replacement ballot.
• Voting early in person from now through Friday, October 30th in the gymnasium of Town Hall.
• Voting in person at your polling location on Election Day.
It is not too late to fix this error for any voter in Wayland. Rather than paint our Town as “tainting” the democratic process, let us all take proactive steps to ensure every vote is counted."