Election Information

VOTE

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK

                We understand during this time of crisis, that our residents and voters may still need services that our office provides.  Our office will be staffed daily unless the situation becomes severe in our Town.  At this time, our office will continue to provide necessary services to the public.  As of today, March 18, the building is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.  Please feel free to call our office for any requests for service, and we will accommodate you.    

We will accommodate requests for vital records, voter registrations, absentee ballot requests, and dog licenses either in person (by appointment), or through the mail.

                Please be reminded that voter registration is available on line at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ as well as through the mail with the attached voter registration form.  The deadline to register to vote in the Annual Town Election (for anyone who is not yet registered) is Tuesday, March 24, at 8:00 pm.  At this time, there is no plan to postpone our Annual Town Election.  Anyone who feels they are at high risk, have declared themselves to be “self-quarantined”, are unable to get to the polling location, or will be out of Town on Election Day can apply for an absentee ballot.  All precautionary provisions for workers, sanitizing, and limited personal exposure as directed by the State will be in place on Election Day.  In the event that the severity worsens in our community or surrounding communities, consideration will be made to obtain a court order as required by the law to postpone the election.

                If you prefer to obtain your dog license by mail, please send the appropriate payment and a copy of the Rabies Certificate to our office.  Fee:  $5.00 per dog that is spayed or neutered; $10 per dog if not.  Upon receipt we will mail the license and tag out to you.  I will waive the deadline to obtain a dog license beyond the March 31st deadline.

To obtain copies of Birth, Marriage or Death certificates, send the information of the record requested and the fee of $5.00 per certified copy.                     

For all mail services:

Office of the Town Clerk

140 Wood Street

Somerset, MA  02726

Please feel free to call (508) 646-2818 ext. 7 or 8, for information on services we can provide.

STATE OFFICE CANDIDATE NOMINATION PAPERS - Please call ahead to drop off in person.  You can also use the drop box in the parking lot of Town Hall, please call to let us know they are in there!  You can mail them in as well.  Please be sure to provide contact information for the return of papers.

Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time of crisis.  We will continue to provide services until which time we are unable to do so.  We also appreciate your consideration in keeping yourself and others healthy!

Respectfully,

Dolores Berge

ALL VOTERS REPORT TO THE SOMERSET BERKLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DINING HALL TO VOTE IN ALL ELECTIONS!

Follow this link for www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ to check your voter status, to register to vote, to find your polling place and if you cannot get to the polls find out how to absentee vote!

STATE ELECTION VOTING HOURS ARE 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. - AT THE SOMERSET BERKLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DINING HALL.

TOWN ELECTION VOTING HOURS ARE 12 NOON - 8:00 PM - AT THE SOMERSET BERKLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DINING HALL.

Save Time and Avoid Aggravation when you appear to vote Early or on ELECTION DAY! 

Know these 5 things BEFORE going to the polls!

1. Are you a registered voter?

The deadline to register to vote in the any election is 20 days before the election date.  The Town Clerk's Office will be open on this date from 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM on registration deadline dates.

2. Is your voter status "active" ?

Voters must return their signed street list census form annual to the Town Clerks office to maintain an active voter status.  Inactive voters are still eligible to vote but will be required to complete additional forms and show an ID at the polls in order to vote.  To avoid having to complete additional paperwork at the polls, voters who appear as inactive can change their status to active by stopping by the Town Clerks Office to sign a census form in person up until 20 days before the elction.  Changes to the voting lists cannot be made after the deadline.

3. Where do I vote?

The Town of Somerset has 1 polling location, Somerset Berkley Regional High School Student Dining Hall.  Voter parking is directly adjacent to the Student Dining Hall entrance.  Voters must enter the polling location through the Student Dining Hall only.

4. What is my voting Precinct?

Each polling location is divided into precincts and voters will appear on the voting list only in the precinct in which their street is part of.  Due to the crowds expected for this election, voters are strongly encouraged to already know which precinct they will be voting in before entering the polling location.  

5. What will I be voting on?

Voters are encouraged to educate themselves on the many races and questions that will appear on their ballot PRIOR to arriving at the polls.  This link KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO THE POLLS will give voters the option to view their ballot.  Educated voters will reduce the amount of time necessary in the voting booths and reduce lines and crowding on election day.  Every voter will also receive a RED book in the mail from the Secretary of the Commonwealth which will list and explain the questions that will appear on the November 8 State Election Ballot.  Please take the time to review the questions!  Be prepared!!

See below for Voter Registration form and Absentee Ballot application


Annual Town Election Information 

The Annual Town Election is held annually on the 2nd Monday of April. Nomination papers for offices up for election are available on the first business day after January 1st in the Office of the Town Clerk . Nomination papers must be returned to the Office of the Town Clerk no later than 35 days before the electon at, 5:00 pm. Candidates must obtain 50 signatures of registered voters in the Town of Somerset to be eligible to appear on the ballot.  

The last day to register to vote to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is 20 days before and for the  Annual Town Meeting is 10 days before the date of the Meeting. If you are already a registered voter, no further action is necessary. To verify your voter registration status, please call the Office of the Town Clerk at (508) 646-2818.

For prior Annual Town Election results, scroll down and click on links.

All Municipal candidates are required by M.G.L. to file campaign finance reports. For information on Campaign Finance, please click here to visit the website.

Precinct Information

WHERE DO I VOTE?

The Town of Somerset is divided into 5 precincts in accordance with M.G.L. All Precincts will now be located at the Somerset Berkley Regional High School Student Dining Hall.

FORMER LOCATIONS AND PRECINCT NUMBERS. If you previously voted at:

  • Water Treatment Plant you vote in Precinct #1
  • Chace Street School you vote in Precinct #2
  • Somerset Public Library you vote in Precinct #3
  • Somerset Middle School you vote in Precinct #4
  • Wilbur School you vote in Precinct #5

The voting area will remain divided into 5 precincts. All voters will still vote IN their respective precincts, with ALL precincts now located at the Somerset Berkley Regional High School. Parking is available for voters at the entrance to the Student Dining Hall. All voters must enter the voting area through the Student Dining Hall. The parking lot is located in the SOUTHERN MOST parking lot NEAREST CLIFFORD M. HOLLAND ROAD and the lot is located at the entrance to the Dining Hall. Handicap parking is available in that lot and an additional two temporary handicap parking spots will be provided on the access road nearest the doors on Election day. The access road may also be used for drop off and pick up of voters.

TOWN ELECTION VOTING HOURS ARE 12:00 NOON – 8:00 P.M.


Town Election Results

State Election Results

 

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