|2017 Census and Dog Registration. 2017 Census forms and dog registration applications will be coming to your mailbox soon! 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 email@example.com. Please remember to sign the form...we cannot process census forms without signatures. If you do not receive a 2017 census form by the end of January, 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.
Nomintion Papers for the 2017 Annual Town Election:
January 9, 2017 - First day to take out nomination papers for ATE
February 21, 2017 - Last day to obtain / submit nomination papers for ATE 5:00 PM
March 8, 2017 - Last day to object or withdraw from ATE 5:00 PM
March 21, 2017 - Last day to register to vote for ATE & ATM (Town Clerk's office will be open from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Or register online at www.registertovotema.com
Board of Selectmen - one seat for a three-year term
Board of Assessors - one seat for a three-year term
Board of Library Trustees - one seat for a three-year term / one seat for a one year term to fill an expired term
Town Moderator - one seat, for a one-year term
Planning Board - one seat for a five-year term
Housing Authority - one seat for a five year term
School Committee - one seat for a three-year term
Election unofficial results for the November 8th Election can be found on the "Election Results" link above. Please note it could take several days for the numbers to be official due to the high number of write-in's.
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
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.