City Clerk


The Office of the City Clerk

A hub of much of the activity at city hall, the office handles the historic duties of the clerk, such as providing copies of birth, marriage and death records, dog licenses, business certificates and municipal ordinances.

In addition, the City Clerk is the chief election official responsible for conducting all federal, state and local elections in the city, and provides administrative support to the City Council, Board of Appeals, License Commission, Traffic Commission and the Board of Registrars of Voters.

For more information, please refer to the “Browse” drop down menu to the right. Simply click on the arrow, and the list of topics will appear.

Frequently Asked Questions

The link below will allow you to check your voting status. You will enter your first and last name, date of birth and zip code. You must also check off a block agreeing that you are using the page to check only your own record. According to the Secretary of State, access or attempted access to information that is exempt from public disclosure other than the voter may subject the user to criminal prosecution or civil liability.

Once in, the site shows your voting status, party enrollment, whether an ID is required at the polls, voting location, current State and Federal elected officials, and contact information to the city clerk’s office. If your voting status is “inactive”, contact the city clerk’s office to update your information, otherwise you will have to complete an affidavit and show an ID at the polls on election day. At the top of the page there is a disclosure that tells you when the information was last updated.

Are you registered to vote? Click here to find out: Am I registered?

Not registered? Click here to register to vote on-line: On-Line Voter Registration

Follow this link to register to vote online: Online Voter Registration

Follow this link to find your polling place: Where do I vote?  


Follow this link to track your absentee ballot: Track my absentee ballot 


Absentee Ballot
If a voter will be absent from the city during the hours the polls are open, has a physical disability preventing her from going to the polling place, or a religious belief that does not permit her to vote on the day of the election, or if the voter has entered a health care facility anytime after 12 noon on the fifth day before the election, or if the voter qualifies as a non-registered voter who is:

  • A Massachusetts citizen absent from the state, or
  • An active member of the armed forces or merchant marines, their spouse or dependent, or
  • A person confined in a correctional facility or jail except if by reason of felony conviction, then she can vote by absentee ballot. NO other reason is sufficient to vote by absentee ballot.

Application for Absentee Ballot Voting
Application for an absentee ballot must be made in writing, signed by the voter and received by the City Clerk by no later than 12 noon the day before the election. The ballot will be mailed to the voter. In the alternative, the voter can go to the Office of the City Clerk, fill out an application for an absentee ballot and vote in person at the Office of the City Clerk. NO ballot can be taken out of the Office of the City Clerk in hand, unless the voter has entered a health care facility anytime after 12 noon on the fifth day before the election and files an appropriate application.

  • If a ballot is mailed to the voter, after voting the ballot can be returned by mail to the Office of the City Clerk or delivered in person in hand by the voter or a family member of the voter to the Office of the City Clerk.
  • If delivered in hand to the Office of the City Clerk, the ballot must be given in hand to a member of the staff of the Office of the City Clerk and cannot be left with anyone other than the staff of the Office of the City Clerk.
  • If a family member delivers the ballot to the Office of the City Clerk, they must sign their name and relationship on the outer envelope in which the ballot is delivered.
  • The Affidavit on the front of the inner envelope in which the absentee ballot is placed MUST be completely and correctly filled out by the voter or the ballot may be rejected by the Board of Registrars.
  • Illegal absentee voting, including making a false application, is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to five years in prison.

Application for Absentee Ballots


Lindsay E. Higgins

City Clerk

Diane Stiffler

Assistant City Clerk

Gordon Vincent

Clerk of Committees

Colleen McBride

Supervisor of Elections and Registration

Jennifer O'Doherty

Head Clerk

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