Public Records Access - According to the MGL Ch. 66, Sec 10(d), notice is hereby given that any person seeking Public Records as prescribed in 950 CMR, 32.00, upon request to the Public Records Access Officer or designee may receive a copy of any public record, as defined under 950 CMR. 32.02 or Sec 7(26). For additional information, or to request a public record, please click on the link in the box
Absentee Ballots are now available for the April 10th
Annual Town Election
Election Laws require that Absentee Ballots be available to registered voters who meet one of the following three criteria:
1. Absent from the Town during hours the polls are open
2. Physical disability which would prevent voting at the polling place
3. Religious beliefs that would prevent participation on the day of the election
An application must be completed and received by the Town Clerk by noon on the day before the election (Friday, April 7th). You can call the Town Clerk's office to request an application, or send a hand written note to our office at 55 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940. Applications can also be downloaded by clicking on the "Absentee Ballot Information" link above.
Absentee Ballots must be delivered through the US Mail to each requester, or they may be voted at the Town Clerk's Office during normal office hours, by the deadline noontime Friday, April 7th.
The Clerk’s office is open Monday-Thursday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM, and Friday 8 AM – 1:00 PM. Please allow ample time for mailing application and ballots, in order for them to be returned no later than the close of polls on April 10th – 8 PM.
Should you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to call the office at 781-334-9400.
2017 Census and Dog Registration - Replying to the annual census is required by MA General Law. By replying quickly, it allows us to update Lynnfield's voter registration and resident listing, and keeps us from sending out a 2nd notice which cost additional money. All you need to do is to verify the printed information, make changes if necessary, and return to the Town Clerk's office. You can mail it, drop it off (tax drop off box after hours), or scan it and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to sign the form. If you do not receive a 2017 census form by the end of February, please contact our office. 375 Broadway and 55 Salem Street will be notified seperately.
2017 Dog Registration. Applications will be included with the 2017 Census. However, if you would like to register and pay on line for your dog(s), click on the link above "Dog Licensing & Information" and follow the steps for on-line payment. Once payment has been confirmed, a dog tag will be mailed to you.
Duties of the Town Clerk:
The Town Clerk is the chief election official. The Clerk supervises voter registration, oversees polling places, election officers, and the general conduct of all elections. The Clerk directs the preparation of ballots, polling places, voting equipment, voting lists, administers campaign finance laws, certifies nomination papers and initiative petitions, and serves on the Board of Registrars. The Clerk's office conducts the annual town census and prepares the street list of residents.
The Town Clerk is the keeper of the town seal. The Town Clerk attests by signature and seal to bonds, contracts, bylaws, resolutions and any other documents requiring town certification. The Clerk provides certified copies of vital records and conducts genealogical research for members of the public, and is responsible for maintenance, disposition, and preservation of municipal archival records and materials. The Town Clerk administers the oath of office to all town officials, elected and appointed.
The Town Clerk certifies the residency of veterans’ who qualify for state bonuses, receives board and committee meeting postings, administers and records oaths of office to town officials; submits zoning by-law and town by-law changes to the Attorney General, and sends the Jury List to the Secretary of State. The Town Clerk is also responsible for overseeing the State mandated compliance of all employees, and board and committee members, to be sure they follow through annually with any required Conflict of Interest / State Ethics Laws documentation.
In addition, the Town Clerk issues marriage licenses, dog tag licenses, storage of flammables, business certificates, and raffle permits, and serves as the Chief Public Records Access Officer.
The Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk are Notary Publics, and Commissioners to Qualify Public Officers.
The Town Clerk is a Justice of the Peace.
Commissioners to Qualify Oath of Office
If you have been appointed as a Justice of the Peace or Notary Public by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and need to take your oath of office you may come to Town Clerk's Office, rather than having to go into Boston.
Please call ahead to assure that two commissioners are present.