From the Town Clerk
August is one of the best months in New England - the weather is great the beaches are beautiful, hiking trails, camping grounds and lakes to visit. We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful area with so much to offer. I hope everyone can get out and enjoy it because the beginning of school for Seekonk starts on August 27th. All school and Town offices will be closed on Labor Day September 2nd. I wish everyone going back to school a successful and fun year.
The Town Clerk’s office must plan months ahead of time for many of the tasks we perform, particularly for elections. 2020 is a big year for elections, the presidential primary also known as Super Tuesday will be held on March 3, 2020. Massachusetts has four presidential party primaries- Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Green Rainbow. According to Secretary of State William Galvin the presidential primary ballot will be finalized by the end of 2019. Also on the ballot residents will have a chance to vote for state and local party committees. The voter registration deadline for the March 3 election is February 12, 2020. You can check or change your registration status and party affiliation on the secretary of state’s website. Massachusetts has open primaries, independent voters can pick which party they want to vote for at the polls.
For your information Seekonk is part of the Fourth Bristol state representative district. This includes Swansea, Rehoboth and parts of Norton. Seekonk’s state senator is Paul Feeney and state representative is Steven Howitt. On the national level the town is part of Massachusetts Congressional District 4, which is represented by Joe Kennedy. The state’s Senior Senator is Elizabeth Warren, and the state’s Junior Senator, is Ed Markey.
At the May 13, 2019 Spring Town Meeting the citizens of Seekonk voted to approve funds for the town clerk’s office to purchase new voting machines. I would like to thank everyone who voted for these much needed machines. Having new machines will ensure that our elections run smoother without the fear of having a machine brake down in the middle of an election resulting in having to either wait for it to be repaired or worse do a hand count at the end of the night. In today’s atmosphere surrounding elections we do not need any added stress. Thank you again and if a citizen has any questions about the new machines please feel free to call our office.
Thanks to those who have returned the census confirmation post cards. Unfortunately we still have over 1,000 inactive voters in the system. The status of inactive means you could be removed from the voter rolls if you do not answer the census two consecutive years in a row. This office can’t stress enough the importance of being updated as it benefits everyone that you’re current because when you come to vote you will not have to go through extra steps in order to vote.
The 18th annual 9/11 ceremony to be held on September 11, 2019 at the Safety Complex building on Taunton Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. rain or shine. The ceremony marks the anniversary in which terrorists hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. We hope you plan on attending to honor not only the people who lost their lives on 9/11 but to pay tribute to and thank our Public Safety employees and veterans.
A friendly reminder preliminary tax bills went out at the end of June with the first quarter due August 1st and the second due November 1st.
Have a wonderful rest of the summer. See you in September.