|Absentee Ballots are now available in the Town Clerk's office. In order to receive an absentee ballot, you must first complete an application. To download the application, go to www.sec.state.ma.us Once you have completed the application, you can mail it to us or
bring it to town hall, at which time you can vote the ballot at the counter. MGL does not allow us to give the ballot to you to take home, it can only be mailed. Voting an absentee ballot at the counter can be done during normal business hours of Town Hall, Monday - Thursday,
8 AM - 4:30 PM, and Friday, 8 AM - 1 PM. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is
noontime, Monday, November 7th. All absentee ballots must be returned no later than 8 PM November 8th.
To see a sample of the ballot, please click link above "November 8 2016 Ballot Sample".
State Election - November 8, 2016. Last day for voter registation is Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The Town Clerk's office will be open from 8 AM - 8 PM.
EARLY VOTING QUICK FACTS
Early voting is from October 24 through November 4th at Town Hall, during normal business hours 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Mon-Thurs)
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Friday)
Early voting in person does not require an application
Early voting by mail does require an application. (Click link above to download the application)
Early voting ballots cannot be mailed before October 24th
There is no early voting on November 7th although one can still vote absentee up until noontime
Early voting ballots will be counted on Election Day at the polls
Those who wish to register or make changes by mail should make sure their form is postmarked no later than October 19th. Massachusetts law does not currently allow these changes to be made via email. To download the form, please visit [Link]www.sec.state.ma.us There is also a new option to register on line by going to the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website and using the new Online Voter Registration system, also located
at [Link]www.registertovotema.com. For on line voter registration, or changes to your registration, the process must be completed no later than 11:59 PM on October 19th.
If you are turning age 18 after October 19th but before November 8th, and you wish to vote in the November 8th election…you must register no later than Wednesday, October 19th. The Town Clerk’s office will be open from 8 AM – 8 PM. If you have a valid MA driver’s license, you can register online at www.registertovotema.com. This method must be completed no later than 11:59 PM on October 19th.
If you have any questions regarding voter registration, or absentee voting, please feel free to contact the Town Clerk’s office at 781-334-9401 or email@example.com
Registered residents who did not return their 2016 Annual Census, or inactive confirmation letter that was mailed out in May, will be required to show proof of residency at the polls, which could take an extra 10-15 minutes. You can check your voter status at the State’s web site, [Link]www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch to determine if your voter status is active or inactive. If you are inactive and plan to vote November 8th, please contact the Town Clerk's office. #knowbeforeyougo
The State Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016. All registered voters vote at the Lynnfield High School. If you would like further clarification of your party status or have other questions relative to the upcoming election, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Clerk’s office at 781-334-9401.
2016 Dog Tags Still Available - late fees now apply as of March 1st.
2016 dog tags are now available. All 2015 Dog Licenses expire on December 31, 2015. MGL Chapter 140, Section 137 requires all dogs six months of age or older must be licensed and evidence of a current rabies vaccination must be provided. Lynnfield’s By-Law Section 17A requires all dogs be licensed on January 1st of each license period. The license period is from January 1st to the following December 31st. Any owner or keeper of a dog who fail to comply with the provision of this section by March 1st in any year shall be subject to a penalty of $10.00 per dog.
As approved at the Fall Town Meeting, and by the Attorney General’s office, the fees are now $10.00 per neutered/spayed dog and $15.00 per intact dog. Residents age 70 and over the fee is waived upon proof of age. There are three ways to purchase dog tags: in person at the Clerk’s office, through the mail, or on-line. Each of these ways, you will need a current copy of the dog’s rabies certificate and acceptable payment in person or through the mail can be cash or check – made payable to the Town of Lynnfield. To order your dog tag through the mail, you can use the application that will be included in the 2016 Census that will be mailed early January, or go on line to www.town.lynnfield.ma.us and click on the Town Clerk’s link under Departments. The third way, which is new, is on-line registration and payment by credit / debit card. From the town’s web site, click on “Departments”, and then click on “Town Clerk”. Once on the Town Clerk’s page, there is a link for “Dog Licensing and Information”.
On this page, you will find the instructions needed.
Four or more dogs requires a kennel license. Please contact the Clerk's office for registering information.
Should you have any questions regarding dog licensing, please feel free to call the Town Clerk’s office at 781-334-9400.
The Town Clerk's office is now accepting online payments for requests of certified certificates for birth, marriage and death records. Also available to pay for online are Business Certificates / DBA's. Please click on the link above "On-Line Payment Services". Requests will be processed daily once the payment has been accepted. We are also accepting dog licensing and payments on line. To use this new feature, click on the Dog Licensing & Information link above. Please call our office if you have any questions.
State Elections has added a new feature to their web site for on-line voter registration. Click on the above tab "State Election Information" and look for the icon "MA Register to Vote Online". You can also update your address and make party changes. Once the information has been accepted at the State level, the Town Clerk's office will be notified. Feel free to call the Town Clerk's office if you have any questions about your voter registration.
2016 will be a busy year for elections. If you are a Lynnfield registered voter and would like to be involved working the voting polls, please contact the Clerk's office, either by email - firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the office during office hours to inquire. This is a great opportunity to newtork and serve your community, while earning a few extra dollars and obtaining a better understanding of the electoral process. Election officers assist in greeting voters, verifying registration and providing voters with the approporiate
ballot. At the end of the election, election officers assist the Town Clerk and Wardens with counting the votes and closing the polling location. The pay is $10.00 / hr.
If you are a high school student looking for community service hours, 16 and 17 year olds are allowed by MGL Chapter 54 Section 12 to work at the voting polls. Please contact the Clerk's office for additional information.
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.