Reminder from Belmont’s Town Clerk: There’s an Election Next Week

A reminder from Ellen Cushman, Belmont’s Town Clerk: The polls will be open in Belmont for the State Primary Election, Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please check the Town Clerk’s web pages for more information

Voting Locations

Precinct 1: Belmont Memorial Library, Assembly Room, 336 Concord Avenue

Precinct 2: Belmont Town Hall, Selectmens’ Meeting Room, 455 Concord Avenue

Precinct 3: Beech Street Center (Senior Center), 266 Beech Street

Precinct 4: Daniel Butler School, Gymnasium, 90 White Street

Precinct 5: Beech Street Center (Senior Center), 266 Beech Street

Precinct 6: Belmont Fire Headquarters, 299 Trapelo Road

Precinct 7: Mary Lee Burbank School, Gymnasium, 266 School Street

Precinct 8: Winn Brook School, Gymnasium, 97 Waterhouse Road (enter from Cross Street)

Did You Receive a Postcard from the Town Clerk This Summer?

Each voter in a household that did not return the 2014 Town Census was mailed a postcard asking for confirmation that the voter is still living in Belmont per Massachusetts General Law C. 51 §4. Those voters is now labeled as “inactive”, meaning that the voter must provide proof of identification and address prior to voting.  If you received that postcard and have not yet returned it, please do so immediately to re-activate your voting status if you’re still living in Belmont.  Returns received by Monday, Sept. 8 at noon will be recorded in the Sept. 9 voting list.

Absentee Voting Deadline Monday, Sept. 8 at Noon

Registered voters of Belmont who qualify to vote Absentee for the upcoming primary election may take advantage of the “in person absentee” option at the Town Clerk’s office or file an application to be mailed an absentee ballot. The request/application must contain the voter’s signature and must indicate the party of the ballot the voter requests if the voter is unaffiliated as a Democrat or Republican. Applications must be received by the Town Clerk by noon, Monday, Sept. 8.

Enforcement of the Pet License Law Underway

Per Belmont’s Bylaws, every dog and cat in Belmont must be licensed annually by March 15. Issuance of  $50 Non-Criminal Violations to owners of pets not licensed for 2014 is currently underway.  If you haven’t yet licensed your pet, please submit your license application, late licensing fee and required documents in person or by mail to the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall, 455 Concord Avenue.  Renewals of licenses for pets with up-to-date Rabies Vaccinations can be performed online for a $1. 22 processing fee.  For application and complete information , please see the Town Clerk’s web pages and select the applicable pet license option.

Wednesday Final Day to Register for State Primary

Since Massachusetts is considered a very “blue” state, one can expect the Sept. 9 Massachusetts Party Primary Election will generate the most excitement for all the state-wide races being contested this year.

If you don’t want to be left out, then you have until today, Wednesday, Aug. 20, to register to vote in the party election.

To help residents, the Belmont Town Clerk’s Office, located on the first floor of Belmont Town Hall in Belmont Center, will remain open until 8 p.m. today, according to Town Clerk Ellen Cushman.

And you will only be allowed to vote in the election if you are registered as a member of a political party that is holding a primary election – such as the Republican and Democrat – or are unenrolled. Residents can change their party affiliation or become unenrolled at the Town Clerk’s

Any Belmont resident who is 18 years or older and a citizen of the United States can register to vote.

If you were a registered to vote in another town or state, you’ll need to register as a voter in Belmont in order to vote here.

Voter registration and changes to party affiliation, name or address (within Belmont) documents are available at the Town Clerk’s office in Belmont Town Hall, 455 Concord Ave. or online at the Town Clerk’s web pages.

Absentee Ballot Application

Forms for individuals who qualify to receive an absentee ballot due to absence from Belmont on Election Day or physical disability preventing the voter from going to the polling place or religious belief. A voter may request a ballot in writing to the Town Clerk but the request must include the voter’s signature.