Clark, Boroff Take Planning Board Seats with 10% Turnout

votedThe two contested races for seats on the Hamilton Planning Board were won by Peter Clark and Richard Boroff, according to unofficial results from Thursday’s Hamilton town election.

Voters turnout was 10.2%, according to Town Clerk Andrea Carlson. There are 5,990 registered voters in Hamilton and 608 went to the polls on Thursday.

Stacey Metternick and Joshua Liebow were also both elected to a one-year term on the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Committee in a contested race.

Other races on the ballot were uncontested, including a seat on the Hamilton Board of Selectmen, Moderator, Town Clerk, Board of Assessors, Housing Authority and Hamilton-Wenham Library Trustees. The race for two three-year terms on the School Committee was also uncontested.

The complete unofficial election results are available on the town of Hamilton website.

Absentee Voting for Town Election Available Now

vote-1319435_1920.pngAbsentee voting is now available for next month’s town election, according to Town Clerk Andrea Carlson. Voting can been done at the Town Clerk’s office in Hamilton Town Hall during regular hours – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A copy of the specimen ballot is available on the town website. Positions on the ballot include Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Planning Board.

Voters that qualify for absentee voting are people who will be absent from Hamilton during normal polling hours (Thursday, April 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.), somebody who has a physical disability that prevents them from going to the polling place or because of religious beliefs.

Reminder: Return Census Forms in January

abacus-909181_1920Now is the time to return your annual census to the Town Clerk’s office.

The town census should be returned by the end of January, according to Hamilton Town Clerk Andrea Carlson. Census information includes name, date of birth, occupation, veteran status, nationality (if not a citizen of the United States) and the residence of everyone in Hamilton 3-years-old and older. Census information about children under 17 is not made available to the public.

Also included in the census mailing is a blank dog license renewal form. Dog licenses expire on March 31 but can be renewed now if dog owners want, Carlson said. Renewal can be done by mail, in person at the Town Clerk’s office in Hamilton Town Hall or online.

Nomination Papers Available for Selectmen, Planning Board, Other Elected Positions

Hamilton Town SealNomination papers are now available for seats on the Hamilton Board of Selectmen, Planning Board and Housing Authority, among other elected positions.

The papers became available on Monday, Jan. 9 and can be picked up during regular hours at the Town Clerk’s office at Hamilton Town Hall. The nomination papers need to be filed with the registrars with the required numbers of signatures by Thursday, Feb. 16, according to Town Clerk Andrea Carlson.

There are also two three-year terms open on the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Committee. Nomination papers are available from Donna Bunk at the school district offices at the Center School, 5 School St. in Wenham.

The open positions include:

  • One three-year term on the Board of Selectmen
  • One three-year term on the Planning Board
  • One two-year term on the Planning Board to fill an unexpired term
  • One three-year term on the Housing Authority
  • One three-year term on the Hamilton-Wenham Library Trustees
  • One year term as Town Moderator
  • One three year term as Town Clerk
  • One three-year term on the Board of Assessors

More Than 100 Ballots Cast on First Day of Early Voting in Hamilton

votedMore than 100 voters cast their ballot in Hamilton on the first ever day of early voting on Monday, according to Hamilton Town Clerk Andrea Carlson.

“It seems to be going great,” she said. “So far, everybody is happy with the process.”

A total of 126 voters cast a ballot of Monday in Hamilton, she said.

Early voting for the general election started on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Town Clerk’s office in Hamilton Town Hall and is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays through Friday, Nov. 4.

This will be the first election in Massachusetts where voters will be able to cast their ballots before Election Day. Any registered voter is eligible to vote early.

Rec Center to be Polling Place for Presidential Election

presidential-election-1336480_1280Voting in the general election in Hamilton will happen in the gymnasium at the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Center on Nov. 8.

The move from Winthrop Elementary School to the Rec Center was approved by the Board of Selectmen last week, in order to avoid the need for the schools to close on Election Day. Signs will be posted at Winthrop School to redirect voters to the Rec Center if they haven’t otherwise heard about the move.

Parking will be in library parking lot, at 16 Union St., with overflow parking across Union Street at Pingree Park, said Town Clerk Andrea Carlson.

Carlson said she expects a heavy turnout all day, with peak periods before work, at lunchtime and after work. She also recommends early voting, which is available at the Town Clerk’s office in Hamilton Town Hall during regular hours, which will allow voters to avoid the polls on Election Day. Polls will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“This is a busy election and I hope that people will understand waiting is going to be inevitable no matter where this election takes place,” she said. “I really just hope that as a town we can all work together to make this process work.”