From the Town Clerk
February is a packed with holidays and history, this year we even have an extra day thanks to Leap Year! February 2nd is Ground Hog Day and Super Bowl Sunday so get the nachos ready and pray for rain, because if it’s sunny and Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow we will have six more weeks of winter. February 12th is Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday. Don’t forget the cards and chocolate on February 14th Valentine’s Day, and February 17th is President’s Day, Town offices will be closed. (February 22 is George Washington’s actual Birthday). February 17th is also the start of school vacation week. February 25th is Mardi Gras and of course as I mentioned February 29th is Leap Day.
2020 is an important election year with so much to do even starting as early as February.
Dates to keep in mind are:
February 12th is the last day to register to vote for the March 3rd, presidential primary.
February 24- 28th there will be early voting for the primary. Early voting will be held at the Town Hall BOS meeting room during regular business hours.
If you are not going to be here for the early voting or the March 3rd primary you can come into the Town Clerk’s office and request an absentee ballot.
The Annual Town Election for Seekonk will be held on Monday April 6, 2020. The deadline to get nomination papers back to the Town Clerk’s office is February 18. The polls will be open from 7AM – 8PM. All precincts vote at the Sr. High School 261 Arcade Ave. The last day to register to vote for the Town Election is March 17, 2020.
Annual Census update
The 2020 Annual Street List/Census form has been mailed. Thanks to the residents who have already mailed it in, or dropped it off. Lorraine and I are busy scanning them in and making the necessary changes. As I have stated it is an important and busy election year do not become an inactive voter, return your census. What does inactive mean? It means when you come to vote you will be asked to go to a separate table and fill out paperwork and show an ID with your address on it. This takes time on an already busy day so send in your census as this updates you and keeps you an active voter. Also please note we have had a few people write in a political designation by their name. I would like to remind everyone that you cannot register to vote, or change your party affiliation, on your census form. If you want to register to vote you can go online to www.RegisterToVoteMA.com, or come into the Clerk’s office. There are multiple ways to return your census: mail it in, drop it off in the Town Hall drop box, or Town Clerk’s office. Drop it off at the Seekonk Sr. Center, or the Seekonk Public Library. You can also scan it in and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also processing 2020 dog licenses. Please remember dog tags expire on March 31, 2020. You can come into the Town Clerk’s office to renew, or mail in the form with a check and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please send a self-addressed envelope and a stamp for each dog you are requesting a license for. We will mail the dog tag(s) back to you. It is Massachusetts general law that dogs be licensed annually, with proof of a current rabies vaccination. Failure to comply may result in a by-law citation fee.
2020 Annual Rabies Clinic
The 2020 Annual rabies clinic, for both dogs and cats, will be held Saturday March 14, 2020 at the Seekonk Public Works Department on the corner of Route 44 and Lake St. The fee for the rabies vaccine will be $12.00 cash only. If you bring proof of a current rabies vaccine your animal will be eligible for a 3-year rabies vaccine. If you do not have proof of a current rabies vaccine your animal will be eligible for a 1-year vaccine. You will also be able to drop off your dog license form with proof of rabies and payment. Your dog’s license will be processed the following week and mailed back to you. If you need a dog license form you can go to: www.seekonk-ma.gov look under Forms and Documents, Town Clerk, downloadable forms, dog licenses.
Save the Date
- Meet the Candidates- Saturday March 21 - 9:30AM -11:30AM at the Seekonk Library 410 Newman Ave. These are the candidates running in the Annual Town Election.
- Spring Town Meeting date has been set for Monday May 11, 2020.
Have a wonderful month. As always thank you for taking the time to read my monthly updates and remember the Town Clerk’s office welcomes inquiries from all citizens seeking assistance, or information in relation to services provided by the Town of Seekonk.
Enjoy your long weekend and school vacation week. Remember the days are getting longer so Spring can’t be too far off. - Florice & Lorraine