Hanover MA Town Clerk

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A peaceful Thanksgiving to all.  The Town Clerk's Office (and all of Town Hall) will be closed Thursday, November 26th a...
11/25/2020

A peaceful Thanksgiving to all. The Town Clerk's Office (and all of Town Hall) will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th.

Despite the craziness in the world of elections right now, Hanover residents have no need for concern.  The last of the ...
11/20/2020
Elections and Voting | Hanover MA

Despite the craziness in the world of elections right now, Hanover residents have no need for concern. The last of the provisional and overseas ballots were counted on Monday of this week in an open meeting of the Board of Registrars, and the Town of Hanover's election results were certified electronically and also mailed late on Tuesday, November 17th. For those interested in the local precinct breakdowns, the official results may now be found here: https://www.hanover-ma.gov/finance-department/town-clerk/pages/elections-and-voting

VotingVisit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Elections and Voting page for more information regarding voting in Hanover.

The Hanover Town Clerk's Office will be closed today, Wednesday, November 11th, 2020, in observance of Veterans Day.
11/11/2020

The Hanover Town Clerk's Office will be closed today, Wednesday, November 11th, 2020, in observance of Veterans Day.

I could not have said it to my staff any better:  https://www.thesunchronicle.com/opinion/columns/bill-gouveia-a-big-tha...
11/11/2020
Bill Gouveia: A big Thank You to all election workers

I could not have said it to my staff any better: https://www.thesunchronicle.com/opinion/columns/bill-gouveia-a-big-thank-you-to-all-election-workers/article_5ca8ea03-c5e2-5020-bd92-68cbe8ef31ce.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR1yzN_osxkbSKu0RnANfaRfwITHSLitX30Zz0LJ-PYCaHqoKjlehSCPwUA

Congratulations to our election officials and workers throughout the area and the nation, who are the real heroes and winners of recent election. They deserve your gratitude, praise and thanks.

5 minute lines at 5:00 p.m.  We close at 8:00 p.m.  Don't miss your chance to be a part of history!
11/03/2020

5 minute lines at 5:00 p.m. We close at 8:00 p.m. Don't miss your chance to be a part of history!

And we're off to a great start here in Hanover!  Love the lines...thanks for your patience.  Estimated wait time right a...
11/03/2020

And we're off to a great start here in Hanover! Love the lines...thanks for your patience. Estimated wait time right at 7:00 a.m. - 30 minutes.

Amazing news - great job, Hanover!  As of Thursday night, October 29th, 5,565 out of 11,348 registered voters have voted...
10/30/2020

Amazing news - great job, Hanover! As of Thursday night, October 29th, 5,565 out of 11,348 registered voters have voted early. That's 49% of registered voters. Wow. Very proud of you.

The Town of Hanover's ballot drop box will be briefly closed from 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 until 9:00 a.m. on S...
10/29/2020

The Town of Hanover's ballot drop box will be briefly closed from 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1st.
Residents wishing to return their vote by mail ballot should plan to drop off their ballot either before or after that time. Vote by Mail ballots are due by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Last night to Vote Early in Person and Hanover is showing up!!!  We're here until 8!
10/28/2020

Last night to Vote Early in Person and Hanover is showing up!!! We're here until 8!

Today at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday October 28th, is the last time and day to submit a Vote Early by Mail application for the ...
10/28/2020

Today at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday October 28th, is the last time and day to submit a Vote Early by Mail application for the November 3rd election. All such applications have to be RECEIVED in the Hanover Town Clerk's Office before that time.

For anyone still wishing to Vote Early by Mail in this election, please go to: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/early-voting-by-mail.htm for more information or to file your application on the on-line portal.

For more information, please contact the Town Clerk's Office at (781) 826-5000 x1079 or e-mail [email protected] . The volume of calls and e-mails to the office are unprecedented; thank you in advance for your patience. Particular thanks to Town Clerk staff members Bob Hannigan, Theresa Mercurio, Jennifer Donnelly, Mimi Gallagher, Dottie Browning and Lisa Thomas and Finance staff member Carol Mattes for being on the receiving end of those phone calls and e-mails!

There are just 5 days left to Vote Early in-person!  Below please find the remaining hours to Vote Early in-person:Monda...
10/26/2020

There are just 5 days left to Vote Early in-person! Below please find the remaining hours to Vote Early in-person:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, October 26, 27, 29 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 30 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

All Vote Early in-person sessions are held in the first floor hearing room of Hanover Town Hall for registered voters in Hanover. Wear a mask, and plan to social distance and wait in line. Our lines average less than 10 minutes long; the past couple of days there has not been any waiting to speak of at all.

The last day to register to vote in the November 3rd election is Saturday, October 24th.  Don't miss out on the biggest ...
10/21/2020

The last day to register to vote in the November 3rd election is Saturday, October 24th. Don't miss out on the biggest election in years! Here's the link to register, check your registration status, update your name or address or check your party registration: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/

Early Voting in Hanover has begun!  First day's report:  214 voters in 4 hours on Saturday, October 17th.  Steady and lo...
10/18/2020

Early Voting in Hanover has begun! First day's report: 214 voters in 4 hours on Saturday, October 17th. Steady and long but socially distant lines for the first two hours then walk-up after that. This great team made it happen!

Let's hope we don't have the lines to warrant this, but if we do, posting this info here for those who are waiting to vo...
10/16/2020
Pizza to the Polls 🍕🇺🇸

Let's hope we don't have the lines to warrant this, but if we do, posting this info here for those who are waiting to vote and hungry! Thanks kdauds!
https://polls.pizza/

Pizza to the Polls is making democracy delicious by delivering free food for all to polling places with long lines. Send us reports of long lines and we'll send in the delicious reinforcements.

What happens to my ballot after I mail it in or drop it off?  Here are some of the "chain of custody" steps we take to k...
10/15/2020

What happens to my ballot after I mail it in or drop it off? Here are some of the "chain of custody" steps we take to keep it secure. Read the individual picture captions for more details! #VoteByMail2020 #chainofcustody #attentiontodetail

Great job, Hanover voters!  457 ballots returned over the long weekend, yesterday and/or by mail.  Your early return of ...
10/14/2020

Great job, Hanover voters! 457 ballots returned over the long weekend, yesterday and/or by mail. Your early return of your ballot helps us immensely. Go to www.trackmyballotma.com to see if we got yours yet.

10/13/2020

842 Precinct 3 Vote By Mail ballots went out today. Only about 100 AV’s to go.

Help avoid rejected mail-in ballots!  Please read and share this post!
10/11/2020

Help avoid rejected mail-in ballots! Please read and share this post!

Friday’s report! Town Hall closed over an hour ago but this team is working hard to get Precinct 4 out the door before t...
10/09/2020

Friday’s report! Town Hall closed over an hour ago but this team is working hard to get Precinct 4 out the door before the long weekend! The second half of Precinct 1 already went out this morning, too. #VoteByMail2020

Today's progress!  Top photo - "the crew" hard at work, and bottom photo - Precinct 2 ballots and half of Precinct 1 bal...
10/09/2020

Today's progress! Top photo - "the crew" hard at work, and bottom photo - Precinct 2 ballots and half of Precinct 1 ballots off to the post office! #vote2020 #VoteByMail2020

Great news, Hanover - ballots are in!  It will take us a few days to get the approximately 3,600 Vote By Mail ballot req...
10/08/2020

Great news, Hanover - ballots are in! It will take us a few days to get the approximately 3,600 Vote By Mail ballot requests fulfilled and mailed. Today we will get Precinct 2 out and start to process Precinct 1. Thanks in advance for your patience. It's a very labor intensive process and we have brought in several per diem staff to help.

Anyone who will be out of town on Election Day and/or not able to come to in-person Early Voting starting October 17th may vote in-person absentee starting today in the Town Clerk's Office. Please check the website for office hours as they vary from Town Hall hours.

No, vote by mail ballot "kits" have not yet been received from the State here in the Town of Hanover.  Watch this space ...
10/05/2020

No, vote by mail ballot "kits" have not yet been received from the State here in the Town of Hanover. Watch this space for updates! Thanks in advance for your patience. We anticipate receiving them by the end of this week and mailing them just after the Columbus Day holiday.

In-person Early Voting will be held at Hanover Town Hall in the large hearing room on the first floor beginning October ...
10/04/2020

In-person Early Voting will be held at Hanover Town Hall in the large hearing room on the first floor beginning October 17 and lasting every day up through and including October 30th. #VoteEarly

Hours are as follows:

Saturdays, October 17 and 24 - 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Sundays, October 18 and 25 - 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Monday October 19; Tuesday October 20; Thursday October 22; Friday, October 23 - 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Wednesday October 21 - 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 26; Tuesday October 27; Thursday October 29; - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 28: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 30 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

10/02/2020

We are pleased to announce that we have applied for and received a $5,000 grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life that will help us to run a safe and secure election in November!

https://www.techandciviclife.org/

10/01/2020

We get lots of disgruntled but good folks at our counter looking for paperwork to complete their Real ID's or other Registry of Motor Vehicle's processes. Thought this post might be helpful to help you to get ahead of the curve (and out of having to stand in the 2-3 hour line at the Registry twice)!

ALL Registry Services require certain documents.

Documents must comply with the following criteria:
Must be original or an electronic print out(no photocopies) Laminated documents will not be accepted

Standard License
One Proof of Lawful Presence/Proof of Date of Birth must be provided. Approved documents include:
1. US valid Passport or Passport Card
2. Original or Certified version of US Birth Certificate (must be issued from municipality and have a raised seal – hospital certificates are not accepted. Index sized birth certificates need a registered number, seal and official signature)
3. Consular report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
4. Permanent Resident Card
For complete list go to www.mass.gov

A license with REAL ID requires the following additional documents:
1. You will need One proof of lawful presence/proof of date of birth (see above for documents)
a. If you have changed your name from the one on your lawful presence than a marriage certificate (from municipality, not church) or court document must be provided, for each name change.
2. Proof of Social Security Number – ALL nine digits must be displayed
a. Social Security Card (cannot be laminated/cannot be the stub)
b. W-2 Form
c. SSA-1099 Form from Social Security
d. Non-SSA-1099 Form
3. Two proofs of residency not older than 60 days- Examples of acceptable documents include:
a. Utility bill (electric, telephone, water, sewer, cable, heating)
b. Credit Card statement
c. Medical/hospital statement
d. Insurance bill (auto, medical, home)
e. Cell phone bill
f. 2020 property or excise tax bill
g. Auto insurance coverage sheet
h. Valid Massachusetts License or ID card
For complete list go to www.mass.gov

09/26/2020

An email sent to our State Representative Representative David DeCoste Friday morning:

Good morning, Representative -

I was horrified to learn yesterday that the new mail-in ballot application system that was authorized by Chapter 115 of the Acts of 2020 and made "live" on Wednesday of this week through the Secretary's Office will allow ANYONE to request a ballot without a signature.

For the seven years that I have served as Hanover's Town Clerk, we have been consistently rejecting ballot applications without signatures. That has simply been the law and we are following it. We are not trained in signature matching, but if there was ever a case where there was a dispute about a fraudulent ballot request, we had a paper trail that we could go back to. The key here is that no ballots were sent following a casual request.

Now we are being asked to mail ballots to ANY request received in the new portal - and none of those requests will have been signed by a voter. Think of how ripe that process is for fraud! Further, once the possibly fraudulent ballot is received back in this office, we are being requested to go back and match the signature to the voter's registration card. I have no training in signature matching, nor does any of my staff.

I am writing to kindly request that this new portal for mail in ballot applications be taken down immediately until we either receive training on signature matching or an electronic signature becomes part of the request.

Thank you for your consideration and kind regards,
Cathy

cc: The Honorable Town Clerks of Norwell and Rockland

Catherine Harder-Bernier, CMC
Town Clerk
Town of Hanover
550 Hanover Street
Hanover, MA 02339

Congratulations, Hanover!  37% of you voted in the State Primary in the middle of a pandemic.  That's the highest state ...
09/03/2020

Congratulations, Hanover! 37% of you voted in the State Primary in the middle of a pandemic. That's the highest state primary turnout since 2008 - when the Hanover High School override question was up for passage at the same time. You crushed all the other recent totals...even doubled some years.

The State Primary Election is this Tuesday! After fielding lots of questions this past week, it is my hope that this pos...
08/30/2020
Track My Ballot: Search

The State Primary Election is this Tuesday! After fielding lots of questions this past week, it is my hope that this post provides the answers you are looking for.

Are you voting? Not sure who is on the ballot? Go to: www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx . No, the questions are not on this ballot; they will be in November. No, we are not voting for president at this election; that will be in November, too.

The seven days of in-person Early Voting at Hanover Town Hall have ended.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1st at Hanover High School, 287 Cedar Street. Park in the back by the track; the front entrance will be locked and inaccessible. Masks are expected and social distancing protocols will be followed. Board of Health, Facilities cleaning staff and COVID-19 volunteers will be on hand to ensure things are kept as clean and safe as possible. Expect to wait in line once you get inside; thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

Requested an absentee ballot by mail and haven't returned it yet? You are encouraged to return it in person to the secure ballot drop box in front of Town Hall ASAP. Worst case scenario, you can bring it with you on Tuesday and ask for a "certificate of authorization to vote in person" instead. Ballots must be returned by the close of polls on Tuesday in order to be counted.

Returned your Vote-By-Mail ballot and want to know if it has been processed yet? Go to: www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx to track your ballot.

Forgot to turn in your town census? You will be considered an inactive voter and will have to show an ID that matches your address and sign an "affirmation of current and continuous residency" in order to vote on Tuesday (or in November).

The Town Clerk Office phones (781-826-5000, x1079) will be staffed by "Senior Tax Work-Off" staff on Monday and Tuesday, or you can get your additional questions answered at the polls on Tuesday. For those who will be out of town on Tuesday during all of the polling hours, in-person absentee voting will take place at the Town Clerk's Office on Monday from 8 - noon only. The Town Clerk's Office will otherwise be closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday so that we can prepare for and run the election.

Hope you find this helpful!

August 26, 1920 - dozens of Hanover women of all ages registered to vote for the first time in their lives.  Check out t...
08/26/2020

August 26, 1920 - dozens of Hanover women of all ages registered to vote for the first time in their lives. Check out the General Register of Voters photos!

August 26, 2020 - hundreds of Hanover women and men are voting at in-person Early Voting or Voting by Mail in the middle of a pandemic in advance of the September 1st State Primary.

What a difference 100 years makes.

In-person Early Voting for the September 1st State Primary starts today, Saturday, August 22nd, at Hanover Town Hall. Th...
08/22/2020

In-person Early Voting for the September 1st State Primary starts today, Saturday, August 22nd, at Hanover Town Hall. The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, August 22 - 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 23 - 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, August 24 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 27 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, August 28 - 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Masks are expected and social distancing will be monitored thanks to the COVID-19 CERT volunteers. From this point forward, even though technically you can request a Vote by Mail ballot up through Wednesday 8/26, you are heartily encouraged to vote in-person Early at Town Hall or in-person on Election Day, Tuesday September 1st at Hanover High School.

If you have already requested a Vote by Mail ballot, you are strongly encouraged to return it to the new secure ballot drop box in front of Hanover Town Hall, 550 Hanover Street immediately. Ballots must be received by the close of polls on Election Day. Please see the attached pictures so you know what to look for!

Wondering where your Vote by Mail ballot is? Due to the extraordinary demands of Vote by Mail, please go to "Track My Ballot" here: www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx . This site is updated daily, so check back often and please be patient. The Town Clerk's Office has hired additional per diem staff and we are working around the clock and doing the best we can!

Honoring the brave women and men who fought for women's suffrage, and noting the ratification of the 19th amendment...10...
08/18/2020

Honoring the brave women and men who fought for women's suffrage, and noting the ratification of the 19th amendment...100 years ago today.

Today's Town Clerk's Office staff shout-out...Kathie O'Brien (who will never see this post because she is not on FB, so ...
08/17/2020

Today's Town Clerk's Office staff shout-out...Kathie O'Brien (who will never see this post because she is not on FB, so please thank her next time you see her 😂) has sent 230 individual letters to 230 confused first-time Hanoverian Vote By Mail applicants. All 230 requests for ballots were not able to be acted upon because of problems like: 1) no signature at the bottom of the postcard, 2) voter is not enrolled in a party but wants a primary election ballot and hasn't specified which one, 3) voter is a registered Democrat but wants a Republican ballot. You get the idea.

Those of you who know Kathie will know that her attention to detail and sincere care and concern for the residents of Hanover made her the perfect person for this job. Meg Pallotta also deserves recognition because she designed and started the process. Some cities or towns don't have the staff to do this follow-up. We are fortunate to have such a committed and devoted staff member in Kathie O'Brien!!!

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Yesterday I contacted the Peco Real Estate Group. (regarding the Hanover Mall meeting this evening)I requested that in respect to officer Chesna that this evening's meeting be changed. I have received a call from the Peco CEO this morning. I was told they will make changes to the meeting time. A confirmation to this and any updates will probably be posted via the town hall.
Here are the facts that anyone can check at the town hall. John Barry declared in writing that he resides at 21 saddle Lane. There is no occupiable dwelling at this location. According to scituate town hall and with speaking to neighbors he has resided at 18 Grasshopper Ln. He may find a loophole to circumvent this issue and remain on the ballot. If so it is telling and unfortunate. I want a candidate that plays by the rules. If you support someone that does not play by the rules than I can not respect that. I want honesty in politics and in my town.
Lost dog alert. Please click on the link and share: https://www.facebook.com/MA.Lost.Pets/posts/1435158039915881
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Can you please tell me what you are going to do about the light pollution that is now like flood lights or the rays of the sun through a magnifying glass reflecting into our houses? A new building will go up...MORE LIGHTED SINAGE AND MORE PARKING LOT LIGHTS ON 24/7 Alllllll night. This is getting out of control.