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From the Town Clerk…….

Local Election Calendar
As you may know, the date for our Local Town Election has changed as prescribed by a bylaw change approved by Town Meeting. Beginning in 2024, our local election will take place on the first Tuesday in June. This year, it falls on June 4th. 
On March 18, 2024, the Bellingham Select Board voted to opt out of Voting by Mail (VBM) and In-Person Early Voting for the Local Town Election. Absentee voting is available. Absentee ballot applications are available online at, as well as by mail or in person at the Town Clerk’s office. In-office voting will be available once the ballots are received. 
NOTE: If you applied for a ballot by way of the State’s “I WANT TO VOTE” card and checked
“All Ballots this Year”, you will not automatically receive a local election ballot. You must fill out an absentee application in order to receive a local ballot at home. You will, however, automatically receive State Primary and General Election ballots in September and November.
The calendar for the Local Election is as follows:

March 13, 2024 8:30 a.m. Obtain Blank Nomination Papers from Town Clerk, FIRST DAY
April 17, 2024 5:00 p.m. LAST DAY to Obtain Nomination Papers ALL Nomination Papers Must be 
April 24, 2024 4:30 p.m. Nomination Papers Submitted to Board Registrars (by Town Clerk)
April 29, 2024 4:30 p.m. Nomination Papers Filed with Town Clerk
May 1, 2024 5:00 p.m. Withdrawal of, and/or objections to, Nominations, LAST DAY
7:30 p.m. Special Town Meeting (by Citizen Petition), BHS
May 17, 2024 4:40 p.m. 1st OCPF Report Due Covering March 13 through May 16, 2024
May 28, 2024 8:00 p.m. Last Day to Register to Vote Prior to Local Town Election.
June 4, 2024      7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Annual Town Election (BHS Gym)
July 1, 2024 4:30 PM Final OCPF Report Due Covering  May 16 Through June 30, 2024.

More information to follow on the two other elections scheduled to be held in 2024. Dates below:
September 3, 2024 State Primary
November 5, 2024 State/Presidential Election

A reminder: Dog Licenses are due for renewal om April 1, 2024. Please be aware that, per Massachusetts General Law and Bellingham Town Bylaw, late fees of $25 (per household) may be assessed on May 1st. If payment still hasn’t been received by June 1st, an additional fine of $50 (per household) may be levied. Beginning in August, any unpaid dog license will be referred to Milford District Court for adjudication. So…..please apply for your dog license as soon as possible to avoid any late fees or fines
Select Board (for 3 years) Two (2) to be Elected
Michael J. Connor (I)
Ann L. Odabashian (I)
Select Board (for 2 years) One (1) to be Elected
Open Seat
Library Trustee (for 3 years) Two (2) to be Elected
Carol Bird (I)
Suzanne Garten (I)
Planning Board (for 3 years) Two (2) to be Elected
Brian Salisbury (I)
Dennis J. Trebino (I)
School Committee (for 3 years) Two (2) to be Elected
Mark J. Flannery (I)
Erik Ormberg (I)
Housing Authority (for 5 years) Two (2) to be Elected
Linda Cartier (I) 
Christopher Remillard (I)

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