TOWN CLERK

Singing Beach
The Office of the Town Clerk is open:

Monday-Wednesday from 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursdays from 8:30am-11:30am & 12:30pm-6:30pm
Please call ahead to order vital records.

If you are unable to make it to Town Hall during regular business hours, most transactions may also be done online or by mail.

Online: www.epay.cityhallsystems.com
ORDER: Vital Records, Dog Licenses and Parking Stickers

Manchester VOTES in 2018!

September 4, 2018: State Primary - View results here!

October 15, 2018: Special Town Meeting – @ Memorial School, 7pm.
The deadline to register to vote in order to participate in this event is 10/5/2018.*

November 6, 2018:  
DUAL State & Special Town Election – @ Memorial School, 7am-8pm.
The deadline to register to vote in order to participate in this event is 10/17/2018.*

Early voting for the State and Local Special Election will be available at Town Hall during regular business hours from Oct. 22-Nov 2nd.



*Affidavits of Voter registration must be received in office, postmarked or submitted online on or before the above deadline dates. The Town Clerk's Office will be open from 9am-8pm on those dates to accept in person voter registration affidavits. If you are unsure of how you are registered please check via the above link. 

Why must we vote in person at Town Meeting? 

 As the Special Town Meeting scheduled for October 15 approaches, we’ve received a number of questions from residents about voting, in particular whether it is possible to vote by absentee ballot or by proxy. Under state law, neither is permitted.

 Town meetings are governed by Chapter 39 of the Massachusetts General Laws. The statute requires that voters be present at the meeting to hear the debate and exercise their right to vote. Historically, in colonial times attendance at town meeting was mandatory, and those who were absent or arrived late could be fined.

 As a practical matter, absentee ballots at town meeting could not be effective as they are for elections. In an election, the candidates and any referendum questions are known well in advance of the date. At a town meeting, on the other hand, no one can predict with certainty what motions or amendments may be proposed on town meeting floor. It would be impossible to anticipate the questions to be decided in preparing an absentee ballot.

 While we understand the frustration of residents whose travel plans or other circumstances may prevent their attending on October 15, the Town has no choice but to follow the requirements of state law. In 2003, almost 850 voters attended the meeting to consider construction of the Middle High School. We expect a similar or larger number to attend in October. With electronic voting, everyone will be able to express her or his choice privately, and we’ll know the result immediately – without having to count paper ballots as we did 15 years ago!


The Town Clerk has several major responsibilities including:

  • Chief Election Official - supervises voter registration and elections
  • Receipt and maintenance of official municipal and public records
  • Serves as Registrar of Vital Statistics
  • Parking Clerk - processes all parking tickets and hears all parking ticket appeals
  • Administration of Annual Town Census
  • Issuance of Dog Licenses
  • Issuance of Beach and Resident Parking Stickers
  • Issuance of Business Certificates and Raffle Permits

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