Registrars of Voters

The Board of Registrars of Voters

The Board of Registrars of Voters is a four member board. Three members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three year terms with the term of office beginning on July 1st of each year. The terms are staggered so that one term expires each year. The town clerk is the fourth member of the board by virtue of the office and also serves as clerk of the Board of Registrars of Voters. No more than two members of the board can be of the same political party. The board selects the chair from among its members.

The responsibilities of the Board of Registrars of Voters include:

  • Registration of voters
  • Hold hearings when a person’s residency or eligibility to vote is questioned
  • Certify nomination papers and petitions
  • Oversee election recounts and audits
  • Develop local listings of residents ("Street List")
  • Authorize Absentee & Early Voter ballot applications

As is the custom in most towns in Massachusetts, the Board has delegated the day-to-day administration of these tasks to the town clerk.

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