The Warrant for the town meeting is drawn up by the Selectmen and must be publicly posted in designated places at least seven days prior to the Annual Town Meeting, and fourteen days prior to a Special Town Meeting. This document announces the date, time, and place of the meeting, and lists the articles to be discussed and voted upon. The Warrant must name the date, hours, and polling place for the town elections, which follow the Annual Town Meeting. One Topsfield bylaw requires that printed copies of the Warrant be delivered to registered voters at least seven days prior to Town meeting or election. Warrant articles may be introduced by:
- The Board of Selectmen
- The various town boards or departments
- Petition of 10 voters for Warrant articles to presented at Annual Meetings or petition of 10 percent or 100 registered voters, whichever number is lesser, for Special Town Meetings.
- Citizen Petition Forms
- Information regarding submitting a Citizen Petition