Every city and town must have a Board of Registrars or Election Commission whose responsibilities include registering voters, making local listings of residents, certifying nomination papers and petitions, processing absent voter applications, and administering election recounts.
The Board of Registrars in all cities and towns is a four-member board of which one member is the city or town clerk. The other three members are appointed by the selectmen from lists submitted by town committees of the two leading political parties.
Registrars and assistant registrars must meet the following qualifications:
Must be a registered voter in the city or town where appointed unless regularly employed by the registrars; M.G.L. c. 51, § 25;
Must hold no other office in the city or town where he/she is a registrar either by election or by direct appointment by the mayor, selectmen, or city/town manager or hold an office by election or appointment under the government of the United States or of the Commonwealth, except for towns with less than 2000 residents; M.G.L. c. 51, § 25; and
Must subscribe to an oath to faithfully perform the duties of the registrar. M.G.L. c. 51, § 23.