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Election Laws Have Changed
On June 22, 2022, an election reform law titled “The VOTES Act” was signed into law. Among other things, the VOTES Act makes several of the temporary changes from the pandemic permanent, so many of these policies and procedures will be familiar to those of elections in 2020. The new law also makes the absentee voting process and early voting by mail processes consistent.
Voter Registration Deadline for September Primary: Beginning July 22, 2022, the voter registration deadline for all elections and town meetings will be 10 calendar days before the date of the meeting or election. For Blandford, the last day to register to vote in the September 6 primary is Saturday, August 27 at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Monday, August 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Requesting Absentee or Early Vote by Mail Ballots
Applications for either absentee or early vote by mail deadlines:
September 6, 2022 State Primaries: 5 p.m., Monday, August 29, 2022
November 8, 2022 State Election: 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2022
PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for dog licenses for all Blandford dogs is May 1st.
Tags for intact animals are $10 and spayed or neutered dog tags are $5.
Complete your dog license application online here.
Public Records Requests
In July of 2016, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill, Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016, “An Act to Improve Public Records”. This Bill took effect on January 1, 2017. The Record Access Officer for the Town of Blandford, also known as RAO, is the Town Clerk. Public Records requests should be sent to [email protected].
Useful Resources Regarding Public Records
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• A Guide to Massachusetts Public Records Law
• Making a Request for Public Records
• Appeal a Denial of Access to Public Records
• Electronic Records Management Guidelines
• Public Record Appeal Status
• Public Records Access, 950 CMR 32