Edgartown voters head to the polls Tuesday for an unusual annual town election that has no officially contested races but two ballot questions and a wide-open, write-in contest for town moderator.

Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Edgartown town hall.

The recent death of town moderator Sean Murphy has triggered arcane general law statutes in the event of a death in a local election.

Mr. Murphy, who died late last month after battling cancer, appears on the printed ballot as the lone candidate for moderator. Under state law, his name cannot be removed from the ballot, which means a write-in candidate will be elected.

In the event that Mr. Murphy is elected posthumously, the write-in candidate with the second-highest number of votes will fill the position.

Steve Ewing, the town poet laureate, was elected from the floor to serve as temporary moderator during the annual town meeting Saturday.

It is unknown whether Mr. Ewing, or any other candidate, will run as a write-in to fill the moderator slot.

Voters will also face two ballot questions Tuesday.

The first is a debt exclusion question that asks voters to approve a $2.85 million spending article to overhaul and raise the aging Memorial Wharf. The town dock project, which will be funded through free cash and bonds, was unanimously approved at town meeting, and requires majority approval at the ballot box.

Question two asks voters to switch the town tax collector position from elected to appointed. The change was overwhelmingly approved at town meeting, with a handful of voters voicing opposition.

There are no other contested races on the ballot. Selectman Arthur Smadbeck up for re-election.