2015 Census Forms and 2015 Dog Licensing are now due. Please click on the appropriate tabs for more information, or call the Clerk's office for assistance.
Town Election Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
(Voting for all precincts takes place at the Lynnfield High School)
Town Meeting Monday, April 26, 2015 - 7:30 Pm
(Lynnfield Middle School)
If you are new to Lynnfield, or you have never registered to vote in Lynnfield, the last day to register to vote for the upcoming Town Election and Meeting is Tuesday, March 24th. The Town Clerk's office will be open from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM.
The absentee ballots are now available.
Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:
- will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
- have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling
- cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.
You may have an absentee ballot mailed to you or you may vote at your city or town hall by making arrangements with your local election official. To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on Election Day to be counted.
Requesting an absentee ballot
To have a form mailed to you, you must apply in writing to your city or town clerk or election commission. Submit your application early to allow sufficient time for the ballot to be mailed to you and be returned by the close of polls on election day.
Although the deadline to apply for absentee ballots is noon time on Friday, April 10th, it is highly recommend submitting the application as soon as practicable.
An application form is available at your local election office or you may download the form from the "Absentee Ballot Information" tab of this website, on the Clerk's page
You may also make application by letter or note which must include your:
address as registered,
ward and precinct (if you know them),
address where you wish the absentee ballot sent,
in a primary, the party ballot you want, and
Returning your absentee ballot
The ballot will come with instructions and a set of return envelopes. After making your choices on the ballot, you must enclose it in the inner (smaller) brown envelope and read and complete the information on the front of that envelope and sign it. Then insert the smaller envelope in the bigger envelope, place proper postage on it and mail it back to your city or town hall.
Alternatively, you or a family member may hand-deliver it to the local election official. To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on Election Day.
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. Election officers assist in greeting voters, verifying registration and providing voters with the approporiate ballot. At the end of the day, election officers assist the Town Clerk and Wardens with counting the votes and closing the polling location. The pay is $9.00 / 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.
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 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, whether they are elected or 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.