From the Town Clerk......
In January, you will be receiving your town census form, there is a statement referencing Massachusetts General Law (MGL) with regards to penalties for not returning your census information (MGL Chapter 51, Section 4c: “Failure to respond to this mailing shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls”. The annual census is also used by the State to calculate tax monies to be returned to Bellingham. For these reasons, it is imperative that you return the signed and dated form as soon as possible, whether or not there are changes. The census may be returned by mail, by dropping it in the blue drop box at the entrance of the Municipal Center or by delivery to the Town Clerk’s office.
Dog license renewal forms will be included in with your census forms. If you do not have a dog, simply recycle the form. If you are registering a dog (renewal or first time), please return the form to the Town Clerk’s office with proof of rabies vaccination and a check for the appropriate amount ($15 for neutered dogs, $20 for intact). It is recommended that you send in your dog license application with your census to preclude any possibilities of late fees in May.
2024 will be a busy election year, with four scheduled elections:
• March 5 – Presidential Primary (with Early Voting)
• June 4 – Local Town Election (EV to be decided by Select Board)
• September 3 – State Primary (with Early Voting)
• November 5 – Presidential/State Election (with Early Election)
Voters will be receiving cards early in the year from the State with which they may request Vote-by-Mail ballots for individual or all elections in 2024.
You may also request Absentee ballots as usual.
If you have any questions regarding the items above, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 657-2833 or [email protected].
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!