ABSENTEE BALLOTS for the Tuesday, March 1st Presidential Primary are now available in the Town Clerk’s office.
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. 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 down loaded from the town’s website at www.town.lynnfield.ma.us on the Town Clerk’s page.
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. 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 March 1st – 8 PM.
If you are new to town, wish to change your party status, or you are not currently registered to vote, the last day to register for the March election is Wednesday, February 10th The Clerk’s office will be open from 8 AM – 8 PM. You can also log onto www.registertovotema.com to complete an on-line change or registration
Should you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to call the office at 781-334-9400.
2016 Annual Census Forms - The forms were mailed at the end of December / first week of January. Thank you to those who have already returned the form. If you have not received your form, please call our office. If you still have the form, please review the pre-printed information, SIGN and return. Returning your form early will save us time and money from sending 2nd notices. If you have any questions regarding the census, please feel free to call our office.
2016 Dog Tags Now Available
The Town Clerk’s office is pleased to announce the 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.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! Over the next several months, the Town Clerk's Office will be reaching out to registered voters in an effort to be proactive with the upcoming 2016 election year. This outreach effort is a verification of voter political party or political designation and is our attempt to ensure each and every voter has a stress free and positive experience on Election Day.
At a Primary Election, members of political parties may vote only in their own party's enrollment. Unenrolled (commonly referred to as Independent) and members of political designations or minor parties may vote in the party primary of their choice.
For the March 1st Presidential Primary, Wednesday, February 10, 2016 will be the last day to register if you have not done so, or change your party enrollment. The Town Clerk's office will be open from 8 AM - 8 PM on this day. You can log onto www.sec.state.ma.us for voter
information, register to vote, or change your party enrollment. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 781-334-9400.
NEW - 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 - 3 State and 1 Local. 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 - email@example.com 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 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.