NEWS FROM DUNSTABLE TOWN CLERK

The Town Clerk’s office has regrettably made the decision to discontinue notary service.  Our town insurance does not cover notary service and the changes the courts have made to our personal liability is extensive.  We can only charge $1.00 per signature per Massachusetts General Laws and cannot justify the cost to purchase the additional insurance.  We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

Governor Baker has signed Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2021 which extends temporary changes to certain election laws that were implemented last fall.  In response to the pandemic, Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 was enacted which allowed municipalities to delay the date of their town election and also approved “Vote by Mail” which allows voters to use a vote by mail application or any form of written communication to request a ballot.  This act extends these temporary changes through June 30, 2021.  There is a link to the vote by mail application on the Town Clerk page though any WRITTEN form of communication is acceptable as long as there is a signature.  Unlike last fall when eligible voters received a postcard from the Secretary of the Commonwealth, this will not be done and it is up to the voter to submit an application or other written form of communication (please do not send me an email requesting a ballot unless you can scan your signature).   As always, I encourage you to sign up for News and Announcements on the town website to keep informed.

The deadline to register to vote for the Annual Town Meeting/Election is Monday, April 26, 2021.  You can register online if you have a MA driver’s license or state issued ID.  You must attend Town Meeting in order to vote, there is no absentee voting for Town Meeting.  Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 15 at 10:00 am at Larter Field.  The Town Election will be Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at the Library, polls are open from NOON until 8:00 pm.  A sample ballot will be posted on the town website in the near future.

Town Clerk Office Hours – I will have appointments available usually on Mondays and Thursdays (sometimes this will change) and working remotely on Tuesday and Wednesday as the Town Hall as to stagger employees to comply with Governor Baker’ orders.   Please call or email to schedule appointments.  Town Hall hasreopened partially to the public, but it will continue to be staggered hours by departments until further notice.  It is highly recommended you contact the office you want before coming in to be sure they are here to help you.  Please see the notice from the Board of Selectmen/Town Administrator under News and Announcements on the home page of the town website.

Carol A. Skerrett, Town Clerk CMMC  978-649-4514 x222 CSkerrett@dunstable-ma.gov