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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
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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!!!

Hanover’s new secure ballot drop box is installed and ready for your ballot!
08/17/2020

Hanover’s new secure ballot drop box is installed and ready for your ballot!

After fielding a few phone calls from confused Hanoverians this past week, I thought the following might be of interest ...
08/15/2020

After fielding a few phone calls from confused Hanoverians this past week, I thought the following might be of interest and assistance.

First, as a result of the emergency legislation signed by the Governor on July 6th, there are now technically 4 ways to vote in the September 1st Primary (or the November 3rd General Election, for that matter).

1) Vote by Mail. All registered voters in MA were sent a postcard on or around July 15th inviting them to check off boxes in response to the “I Want to Vote” heading. That postcard is considered an application. Fill it out and send it in. We’ll mail you back a ballot. 1,942 ballots were
mailed this week. There are currently still about 150 to go out.
Wondering where your ballot is? Go to http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=xDTs2r0WpOq+cjcdTcMKAdsvOCiMqBaGvHZNKCXmTq9oqLt7nDMYRqoN783ZLADJ . As an added benefit, here in Hanover, if you fill out your application incorrectly, we’ll even mail you a letter helping you to re-submit. Stay tuned for news about our new secure ballot drop box, too!

2) Vote Absentee in-person. Show up at the Town Clerk’s Office Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon or 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night and fill out an absentee in-person application. You can vote right then and there if you meet certain criteria. Go to http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=AVY3XvSSPKyAWEM5S8howNsvOCiMqEaGvHZNKCXmTq9oqLt7nDOYRqoN783ZLADJ for more information and to see if you meet those criteria.

3) Vote Early in-person. In-person Early Voting is available to anyone, as follows: Saturday, August 22nd, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 23rd, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, August 24th, 25th, and 27th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 26th, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., or Friday, August 28th, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon. In-person Early Voting is held at Hanover Town Hall in the large hearing room on the first floor.

4) Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, September 1st. Polls are open at Hanover High School from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. See you there!

While all of these dates just apply to the September 1st primary, please know that there will be similar dates in October in advance of the November 3rd General Election. The four options will remain.

Don’t let COVID-19 make you choose between your health and your right to vote. You’ve got options. Vote! Call me, Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier at (781) 826-5000 x1079 with your questions.

First ballot back!  Wait until you see our new secure ballot box for drop offs.  Sneak peak at the location...
08/13/2020

First ballot back! Wait until you see our new secure ballot box for drop offs. Sneak peak at the location...

Precinct 3 and 4 ballots have been mailed.  Over 1500 ballots out the door so far!  Still processing postcard applicatio...
08/13/2020

Precinct 3 and 4 ballots have been mailed. Over 1500 ballots out the door so far! Still processing postcard applications by the hundreds...

We have ballots!  The first batch of approximately 750 ballots from Precincts 1 and 2 went out in Tuesday night's mail. ...
08/12/2020

We have ballots! The first batch of approximately 750 ballots from Precincts 1 and 2 went out in Tuesday night's mail. We have HUNDREDS more applications from all 4 precincts to process and ballots to send. Remember to check Track my Ballot at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx for updates!

Fielded a couple of calls this week from folks looking for September ballots.  As of yesterday, we were still awaiting s...
08/07/2020

Fielded a couple of calls this week from folks looking for September ballots. As of yesterday, we were still awaiting shipment of the pre-assembled packets ("kitted" ballots) from the Secretary of the State's Office. Watch this space for updates.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides voting assistance for Service members, their families, and American citiz...
07/28/2020

The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides voting assistance for Service members, their families, and American citizens abroad ("UOCAVA" voters).

Please see the following information from FVAP!

Registering and requesting an absentee ballot with the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) by August 1 is the best way for UOCAVA voters to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Please check your state's submission guidelines, as most states give voters the option to send the FPCA by mail, fax or email.
Using the FPCA allows Service members, their families, and overseas citizens to:
1. Receive their blank ballot electronically.
2. Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a backup ballot, if needed.

For more information, please contact us or go to www.fvap.gov .

I am hearing from some young adults and/or their parents that they have not yet received their Vote By Mail postcard fro...
07/19/2020

I am hearing from some young adults and/or their parents that they have not yet received their Vote By Mail postcard from the SOC.

Keep an eye out for it. Here’s what it looks like. The link is also in this feed.

07/19/2020
www.sec.state.ma.us

Due to the extraordinary impacts of COVID-19, 49% of Hanover voters in the June 27th, 2020 Annual Town Election voted early/by mail.

Interested in applying for your vote-by-mail ballot for the September 1st, 2020 primary or November 3rd, 2020 election? Here's the link to the application: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Vote-by-Mail-Application.pdf, or just mail back the postcard the SOC mailed out to all registered voters last week.

Happy Independence Day, Hanover!
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day, Hanover!

Hanover's Special and Annual Town Meetings are Monday, June 29th, tomorrow as I write this, at Starland, 645 Washington ...
06/28/2020

Hanover's Special and Annual Town Meetings are Monday, June 29th, tomorrow as I write this, at Starland, 645 Washington Street. The Special Town Meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and the Annual Town Meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Some tips from our Town Moderator Doug Thomson to make your Town-Meeting-in-a-pandemic easier:

"Everyone will enter through the South end of the building, which is the far right as you face it. It is the end door on the lower level near the mini golf. You will be required to be wearing a mask to enter the facility.

Outside the building, you will cue up with 6 foot spacing just like we have all gotten used to at the supermarket. (Editor's hope-this-is-helpful note: it is supposed to rain - bring an umbrella/raincoat in case there is a line.) As you enter the building, you will be directed to any one of multiple (4) tables to check in. You do not need to know your precinct or go to any precinct-specific table. (Town Clerk's hope-this-is-helpful note: If you are an out-of-town non-voting visitor, there will also be a separate table for you to sign in - for contact tracing purposes.) After checking in, you will be directed on down the hall to the main room entrance, and onward to your seat.

Chairs will be arranged at 6 foot+ spacing throughout the facility. You will be directed to the next sequential seat as you enter. We need to have this organization to operate safely and efficiently so please just take the seat you are given. There will be no close seating, regardless who you walk in with. You can sit close together when you get back home. Please do not move any chairs from their placed location.

Plan on arriving a bit early as it may take a while to get everyone checked in and seated. (Town Clerk's hope-this-is-helpful note: check in will start at 6:15 p.m.) This is a new challenge for everyone involved so please try to be patient and considerate. Masks will be required to enter the building and should be worn throughout the meeting to the maximum extent possible. If you need to briefly remove your mask during the meeting, please do so while seated. One side note - please don’t bring your children with you this year. I like having kids experience government too but with the social distancing setup and a limited non-resident section, it’s too difficult. Thanks.

I will have more details on the operation of the meeting but, suffice to say, it will be as close to normal as possible, albeit probably slower because speakers will have further to travel to reach the stand microphones. Feel free to PM or email me (my address is on the Town’s website) if you have any questions or comments. I’m looking forward to seeing you there - Doug (your Town Moderator)"

Additionally, the warrants for the meetings are found here: https://www.hanover-ma.gov/board-of-selectmen/pages/annual-town-meeting-documents . Printed warrants will be available at Starland.

By the way - a huge shout out to Starland - especially Frank, Kelsey and Deb - for their amazing preparations as of this writing...not to mention everything still on their lists! They have been extraordinarily easy to work with, and this daughter-of-a-small-business-owner is happy to support them and sing their praises!

Voters of Hanover - don't let a pandemic get in the way of your voice being heard. See you at Town Meeting!

What a day!  Unofficially, 2,234 Hanover residents showed up or voted by mail in the middle of a pandemic for a local el...
06/28/2020

What a day! Unofficially, 2,234 Hanover residents showed up or voted by mail in the middle of a pandemic for a local election. That's the highest Annual Town Election vote total since I have been Hanover's Town Clerk. I am so proud of you, Hanover - that's over 20% for a local election. Who does that? Hanover does!

Further congratulations to Rhonda and Vanessa - our newest (do I need to mention two female - pretty sure that's historic?!) members of the Board of Selectman, and to Ruth and Pete, our returning and new (respectively) members of the School Committee.

But for me, your election administrator, I am most proud of the good folks who made all of this happen. They put themselves at risk so that democracy could be served. It was our version of the front lines, and I could not be more proud of the work we did today. Every precinct balanced perfectly, and of course, every single vote was counted - especially the hundreds of write-ins! The booths were cleaned after every voter, and every single voter wore a mask, stood in line, social distanced, and was extraordinarily patient. Some of the folks who were a huge part of this represented HFD, HPD, HEMA, CERT, HHS, HDPW, HCDMI, Hanover Town Hall, COVID-19 special volunteers, and my heroes, all of Hanover's election workers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Today's the day, Hanover!  Polls are open from 12 noon - 6:00 p.m. at Hanover High School.  The front doors will be lock...
06/27/2020

Today's the day, Hanover! Polls are open from 12 noon - 6:00 p.m. at Hanover High School. The front doors will be locked; walk around or just drive around and park in the back. Wear a mask. Plan to follow the lines, stand on the dots, and wait. We have thousands of pens. Booths will be cleaned after each person. Can't believe I am saying this, but leave the kids home if you can.

Grateful to and proud of the literally hundreds of people who are making today happen. We've got this, Hanover.

ALL ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk's Office by Friday June 26th at 12 noon, or to a Warden at the HHS polls ...
06/25/2020

ALL ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk's Office by Friday June 26th at 12 noon, or to a Warden at the HHS polls between 12 noon - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th.

Postmarks for this local election DO NOT COUNT, despite what you may have read regarding other states' laws or even other state elections here in Hanover. Ballots received after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night will NOT be counted.

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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
I hope you have available jobs that you can offer to Ugandans
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.