Showing posts with label town clerk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label town clerk. Show all posts

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Official Certified Results - Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024 "No by 236 votes"

The Official certified results were released on Wednesday, June 12 by Town Clerk Nancy Danello.

Town of Franklin Special Election Results - June 11, 2024










UnofficialOfficial Certified

Yes55425542

No57785778

Blanks55

Totals1132511325






Registered voters

24975

Votes cast
11325

Percent Voters
45.3%






Vote margin
236

 

Official results by precinct -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/13wUEkbVKjt0gGo2a1Iqr1-yQJT64Nyx3/view?usp=drive_link

Official Certified Results - Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override
Official Certified Results - Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

(Unofficial Results) - Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024 No by 236 votes

Town Clerk Nancy Danello release the unofficial override results Tuesday evening at Franklin High School.

Yes = 5542
No = 5778
Blanks = 5
Total = 11,325

Percent voters 45.5%
Total voters = 24,891
Total residents = 33,389






Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024
Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023

The chart depicting the voter count and percent for the elections from 2003 through 2023 

Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023
Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023

The table of info most recently from Town Clerk Nancy Danello (and prior Town Clerks) (PDF) ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PEhv7D0uIHBxGyE42JQpVuoTEZLeibXF/view?usp=drive_link

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Franklin (MA) Town Clerk Nancy Danello provides a Special Election Update (06/05/24) (audio)

FM #1231 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1231 in the series. 

This session shares the Special Election update provided by Town Clerk Nancy Danello to the Franklin (MA) Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. She covers the current status (3800+ ballots received) and how the early and absentee votes will be processed on Election Day, June 11, 2024. 


Quick summary:

* Daily process for early and absentee votes

Entry into State voting record system for individual as received

Count of ballots received by precinct, ballots remain unopened, are sealed and locked in vault


* Election day process for early and absentee votes

Ballots transported by Franklin police from Town Clerk vault to FHS

Entry into State voting record system for individual as voted

Ballots opened by precinct and processed into the tabulator (voting machine) assisted by Franklin Police


If you have questions on the election process, please reach out to Nancy. Don't ask folks on 'social media'. She will provide the correct answer.

The special election update takes about 7 minutes, so let’s listen to Town Clerk Nancy Danello. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1231-franklin-town-clerk-special-election-update-06-05-24



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The Franklin TV broadcast 06/05/24  ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps1PnsDuPwE 


Agenda and supporting documents -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/june_5_2024_town_council_meeting_agenda.pdf 


My notes for this meeting  captured via Twitter can be found in one PDF file -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/190oyby8h5rC5ivDqN4lKAOV5PBP2UCM4/view?usp=drive_link 


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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


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Franklin (MA) Town Clerk Nancy Danello provides a Special Election Update (06/05/24) (audio)
Franklin (MA) Town Clerk Nancy Danello provides a Special Election Update (06/05/24) (audio)

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Early Voting Begins May 15, runs through June 7 at Franklin Town Clerk's office

Early Voting Begins May 15, runs through June 7!

Ballots have arrived!!  Early Voting begins May15 through June 7 in the Clerk's Office during normal business hours.


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From the Office of the Town Clerk, Nancy Danello, CMC

Re: Important information regarding the Special Election, June 11, 2024

With the formal approval of our Town Council members by Resolution 24- 21 for the purpose of a Special Election to be held on June 11, 2024 at the Franklin High School from 6 AM to 8 PM.

The question reads:
Shall the Town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional 6.8 million dollars in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of the operating budget for which monies from this assessment will be used for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024?

"The above question will be the only question on the ballot, it is a Yes or No question."

Beginning May 15, the Town Clerk's Office will be hosting in-person early voting during normal business hours which are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8 AM to 4 PM, Wednesday, 8 AM to 6 PM and Friday from 8 AM to 1 PM. 

There will also be one (1) weekend day which is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Clerk's Office Only.

For Voters who have requested a vote by mail ballot for the State Election (11/5) by completing the card sent by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, you will also be receiving a ballot for this Special Election. We have a total of 5,000 requests so far. 

If you are unsure that your request was received please contact my office at 508-520-4900 or townclerk@franklinma.gov and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to receive a Vote-by-Mail application please contact my office or click on the following link: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/divisions/elections/languages/vote-by-maiI-applications.htm

Dates of Importance:
  • Early Voting will commence May 15
  • Tabulator Testing: May 29th at 10:00 AM in Council Chambers
  • Last Day to Register to vote: June 1 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Town Clerk's Office or online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/
  • Special Election June 11, 2024 from 6 AM to 8 PM @ FHS -  All mail in ballots must be received in the Clerk's Office by 8:00 PM in order to be counted.

Download a PDF of this info as reference or to share ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hHY6WNYveV8CwmiFsUBNqoV5UrWWDHJ6/view?usp=drive_link



Early Voting Begins May 15, runs through June 7 at Franklin Town Clerk's office
Early Voting Begins May 15, runs through June 7 at Franklin Town Clerk's office


Monday, May 6, 2024

Franklin Town Clerk provides Important Information for Special Election, June 11, 2024

May 3, 2024

From the Office of the Town Clerk, Nancy Danello, CMC

Re: Important information regarding the Special Election, June 11, 2024

With the formal approval of our Town Council members by Resolution 24- 21 for the purpose of a Special Election to be held on June 11, 2024 at the Franklin High School from 6 AM to 8 PM.

The question reads:
Shall the Town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional 6.8 million dollars in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of the operating budget for which monies from this assessment will be used for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024?

"The above question will be the only question on the ballot, it is a Yes or No question."

Immediately after receiving ballots, the Town Clerk's Office will be hosting in-person early voting during normal business hours which are Mon., Tues., Thurs. from 8 AM to 4 PM, Wednesday, 8 AM to 6 PM and Friday from 8 AM to 1 PM. 

There will also be one (1) weekend day which is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Clerk's Office Only.

For Voters who have requested a vote by mail ballot for the State Election (11/5) by completing the card sent by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, you will also be receiving a ballot for this Special Election. We have a total of 5,000 requests so far. 

If you are unsure that your request was received please contact my office at 508-520-4900 or townclerk@franklinma.gov and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to receive a Vote-by-Mail application please contact my office or click on the following link: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/divisions/elections/languages/vote-by-maiI-applications.htm

Dates of Importance:
  • Early Voting will commence as soon as the ballots arrive (I will notify the Voters once they are received) 
  • Tabulator Testing: May 29th at 10:00 AM in Council Chambers
  • Last Day to Register to vote: June 1 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Town Clerk's Office or online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/
  • Special Election June 11, 2024 from 6 AM to 8 PM @ FHS -  All mail in ballots must be received in the Clerk's Office by 8:00 PM in order to be counted.

Download a PDF of this info as reference or to share ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hHY6WNYveV8CwmiFsUBNqoV5UrWWDHJ6/view?usp=drive_link



For the record, the ballot question for the roads dedicated override in 2014 was worded as:

"Shall the Town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional $1,500,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding a stabilization fund as provided in GL Chapter 40 Section 5 B, said funds to be expended solely for roadway, and related drainage work for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and sixteen?"

The only successful override to date was on May 2007 and the wording was as follows: 
"Shall the Town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional $2,700,000.00 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of the operating budget which monies from this assessment will be used for the fiscal year beginning July 1, two thousand and seven?"
The text of all the override or debt exclusion votes can be found in one spreadsheet thanks to the info provided by our Town Clerk

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Presidential Primary Election Day - March 5 from 6 AM to 8 PM at Franklin High School

The MA Presidential Primary voting opened at Franklin High School at 6 AM this morning and will close at 8 PM today. All 9 precincts vote in one place.

I plan on being at the high school to record the results and share them as soon as the Town Clerk has them available.

Presidential Primary Election Day - March 5 from 6 AM to 8 PM at Franklin High School
Presidential Primary Election Day - March 5 from 6 AM to 8 PM at Franklin High School

Sample ballots for the primary -> choose one party ballot to cast your vote

Any additional info on the Primary Election can be found on the Town Clerk's page


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Early Voting at FHS starts Feb 24 and runs through March 1

Per Town Clerk, Nancy Danello, the schedule for the Presidential Primary is as follows:

IN PERSON EARLY VOTING
Franklin High School Gymnasium, 218 Oak St
  • February 24 (Saturday) 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • February 26 (Monday) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • February 27 (Tuesday) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • February 28 (Wed.) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • February 29 (Thursday) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • March 1 (Friday) 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Early Voting also held in the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 8AM to 4PM Wednesday 8AM to 6PM and Fri 8AM to 1PM


PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION DAY 
TUESDAY, MARCH 5 
6:00 AM TO 8:00 PM


Town of Franklin: 2024 Presidential Primary Election Schedule
Town of Franklin: 2024 Presidential Primary Election Schedule

Tabulator/Ballot Testing for the Presidential Primary - Weds, Feb 21 at 9 AM

Notice from the Town Clerk’s Office:

Tabulator/Ballot Testing for the Presidential Primary 3/5/2024 Will be held on Wednesday, February 21st in the Town Council Chambers

Beginning at 9:00 AM

Observers Welcome


Shared from the Town Clerk's page

Note: Based upon prior testing, this may last less than an hour

Town of Franklin: Tabulator Testing shows ballots will be read properly
Town of Franklin: Tabulator Testing shows ballots will be read properly (photo from testing in Oct 2022)

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Reminder: 2024 Presidential Primary Election Schedule for Town of Franklin Voters

Per Town Clerk, Nancy Danello, the schedule for the Presidential Primary is as follows:

IN PERSON EARLY VOTING
Franklin High School Gymnasium, 218 Oak St
  • February 24 (Saturday) 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • February 26 (Monday) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • February 27 (Tuesday) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • February 28 (Wed.) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • February 29 (Thursday) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • March 1 (Friday) 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Early Voting also held in the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 8AM to 4PM Wednesday 8AM to 6PM and Fri 8AM to 1PM


PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION DAY 
TUESDAY, MARCH 5 
6:00 AM TO 8:00 PM


Town of Franklin: 2024 Presidential Primary Election Schedule
Town of Franklin: 2024 Presidential Primary Election Schedule

Monday, February 5, 2024

Annual Town Report Of The Town Clerk's Office: FY 2023 Report

The obligations of the Town Clerk's Office have changed dramatically over the last few years. I am very proud of the ability of my staff to adjust to the ever-changing requirements and needs of the public and their continuing ability to provide superior service to the residents of the Town of Franklin. I am blessed to have two tremendous team members without whom my job would be impossible. Deputy Town Clerk Dyan Fitzgerald, and Administrative Assistant Melissa Kiriacopoulos, play critical roles in the success of this office and our ability to meet the needs of our constituents. Dyan is my right hand and provides me with critical input on a daily basis. She always excels in her role and works hard to improve the office and keep it moving forward. Melissa has made great impact in her first year and excels in the area of customer service and all aspects of the Town Clerk's Office. She has been a huge asset to the department.

The work of the office in 2022 was dominated by election activity. In June, the State Legislature made several changes to the election laws which were designed to cement into the Massachusetts election landscape many of the changes made during the 2020 pandemic. The highlight of these changes was early voting, both by mail and in person. The addition of early voting, especially the additional by-mail obligations, provides clerks across the state with new challenges as they try to plan for the needs of a large number of in-person voters on election day while also processing thousands of by-mail ballots. The ability of this office to successfully implement these new election changes while also to provide for the needs of our constituents is a testament to the professional abilities of my office.

HISTORY TOWN CLERK OFFICE
"The office of town clerk is probably one of the oldest in municipal government. It appears in the Bible in the Book of Acts, Chapter 19, and verse 35 written in A.D. 58. A search of other early written records would no doubt reveal other instances in which mention of this office appears. In Massachusetts, town clerk was one of the earliest offices established in colonial towns although the title itself may not appear in the earliest records. The settlers were well aware of the importance of keeping accurate written records of their agreements and actions including grants of land, regulations governing animals, the collection of taxes and the expenditure of town funds. If your town records date back to the first half of the 17th century, you will probably find that a person was given the specific duty of writing down town orders and will see many entries in the record which include the words "It is ordered by the inhabitants," or some similar words. Indeed, in Massachusetts, the town clerk was one of the earliest offices established in colonial towns."
 
ONLINE SERVICE
Our online service continues to be a success!! This has been a convenient way for the public to request and purchase birth, death and marriage certificates. This improvement has also been a great success for our dog owners who need to license a new dog or renew their yearly dog license. These document requests and payment options are available online anytime of the day, 7 days a week. To use this service, visit the town website at franklinma.gov/townclerk.

NOTARY SERVICE
The Town Clerk's office provides Notary services as a courtesy. Residents seeking Notary Services should call the Town Clerk's office prior to their visit to ensure that the Notary is available. The following guidelines will be followed in the provision of Notary Service: - Notary Services are available during the normal business hours. Notary Service is provided on a first-come, first service basis. Please be sure to have valid government-issued photo ID if you are seeking this service. Remember, the document must be signed in the presence of the Notary. Notary Service is not available for deeds, mortgages, wills, living wills, living trusts, power of attorneys, or depositions. Certain public documents cannot be copied and notarized. For more information please visit our website. The Town Clerk, Nancy Danello, and Deputy Town Clerk, Dyan Fitzgerald are also Commissioners to qualify, which means if you are a Notary Public or a Justice of the Peace and need to be given the "Oath of Office" we can perform this service for you free of charge.

POPULATION
The total population for FY2023 Census is now 32,832.

The following are some past population figures that have been reported over the past years:

population figures that have been reported over the past years
population figures that have been reported over the past years

WELCOME TO OUR NEW RESIDENTS
We continue with our welcome packet to all new residents. Included in this packet is a census form, Voter Registration card and a dog registration form. We invite all new residents to stop by the Clerk's office. it's a nice way to meet their Town Officials and be introduced to the Municipal Building and the many services that are offered here in Town. If you choose not to complete the voter registration card you can also register to vote at www.registertovotema.com.

BUSINESSES
A total of 245 businesses were opened or renewed in Franklin during 2022. We wish them the best of luck. All non- incorporated/DBA businesses, according to MGL, shall register with the Town Clerk prior to commencing business. This certificate is valid for four years at a charge of $40.00. Banks will send their customers to us before allowing them to open a business account. This helps us to keep our records updated.

UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
Total number of underground gasoline permits are 14 and there are 9 hazardous materials permits. No new certificates have been filed with this office by the Fire Department during 2022.

PLANNING IAPPEAL BOARD APPLICATIONS
All applications and decisions are permanent records and may be researched at any time through the Town Clerk's office. Elsewhere in this report you will find our index of applicants/decisions during the year 2022.

CODE OF FRANKLIN
The Town of Franklin Code Book is maintained and updated through this office, both in hard copy, and on the web at www.franklinma.gov. This book contains all the rules, regulations, by-laws and acts of the Town.

TOWN CLERK DIRECTORY
Our Directory of Town, State and County Officials is available here in the Clerk's office and on the Town Clerks webpage. This booklet has been a very useful tool to employers, committees, managers and residents. Other publications available in the Clerk's office are Subdivision and Zoning Regulations, Maps as well as Resident Street Listing Books.
 
RECORD RETENTION SCHEDULE
I have continued to keep our records in the best possible order as mandated through the Secretary of State's office. All of our books are bound and stored in the Town Clerk's vault each year. This is the history of Franklin and its' residents and I take pride in maintaining a filing system that continues the safety of each volume.

VITAL RECORDS
Certified records of birth, deaths and marriages are available through the Clerk's office. They are copied on bonded vital paper affixed with the Town Seal. The fee for a vital record is $10.00 for the first copy and $5.00 per additional copy.

As a note, when you need a copy of your birth record, remember that it is always filed in the town where your mother was living at the time of your birth and in the hospital community. Marriage Certificates are retained in the Town where you filed your Marriage Intention. All records are also safe guarded at the Office of Vital Records in Boston, MA. You can order online on the town clerks web page through our online portal.

DOG LICENSING
We have over 3,300 registered dogs in Franklin. Dog registration is a State Law requirement. Dogs are required to be licensed to be sure that they are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. Dogs should be licensed at 6 months and older. Licenses are $20.00 (altered) $30.00 (non- altered) due by April 1st of each year with a late fee of $30.00 added after April 1st. Residents with (4) or more dogs need to acquire a kennel license through the Zoning Board of Appeals.

CONCLUSION
I would like to thank the residents of Franklin for your continued support shown to us this year.

The Town Clerk's office is also very grateful for the funding provided by the Community Preservation Committee for the restoration and preservation of the Town Clerk's vault. A very special thank you to all the members and Chairman Mr. Chris Feeley. The funds have allowed me to complete the project of preserving the history and important vital records dating back to the 1800's that are stored in the Town Clerk's vault.

It is my pleasure to serve the Community as "Your Town Clerk"

Respectfully submitted, 

Nancy Danello, CMC
Town Clerk / Chief Election Administrator 
Notary Public / Justice of the Peace


Note: not all the sections of Nancy's report were shared here but the complete Town Clerk report is available as a separate PDF

or you can get the full Town of Franklin FY 2023 Annual Report PDF online
Annual Town Report Of The Town Clerk's Office: FY 2023 Report
Annual Town Report Of The Town Clerk's Office: FY 2023 Report

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Nancy Danello joins this "Talk Franklin" episode to talk elections with Jamie, Amy and I (audio)

FM #1144 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1144 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares a new format for "Talk Franklin'' with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Deputy Administrator Amy Frigulietti. 


This episode features a conversation on the 2024 elections with Town Clerk Nancy Danello. We recorded our discussion in person in the 3rd floor Training Room on Thursday, January 25, 2024.


Topics for this session

Quick news highlights

Franklin Ridge received $8.5M funding

Town Council goals set for next 2 years

Jamie elected as Vice-President of Mass Municipal Assoc (MMA)

Elections for 2024

Presidential Primary - March 5

State Primary - September 3

Presidential Election  - November 5

Quick outlook

Council Meeting - Jan 31

Finance Mtg - Feb 6

Council Mtg - Feb 28

Joint Budget Cmte - March 6


The recording runs about 47 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie, Amy & Nancy on Thursday, January 25, 2024 Audio link -> https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/letstalkfranklin/episodes/Talk-Franklin---A-Podcast-from-the-Town-Administrators-Office-e2f34do/a-aatdjc7




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Town Administrator page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator


Talk Franklin podcast page -> https://open.spotify.com/show/6q76wsRAKGPuEZ8mzEGvP2 


Town Clerk page for Elections -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerkelection-administrator/pages/important-information-regarding-elections-voting 



Top 10 billboard hits on voting

https://www.billboard.com/music/pop/election-themed-songs-james-brown-alice-cooper-hits-7572297/


10. Paula Webb, “Please, Mr. President” (No. 60, 1975)

9. Black Sheep, “The Choice Is Yours” (No. 57, 1992)

8. Jeezy feat. Nas, “My President” (No. 57, 2008)

7. The Radiants, “Voice Your Choice” (No. 51, 1965)

6. Johnnie Taylor, “I Could Never Be President” (No. 48, 1969)

5. James Brown, “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” (No. 44, 1974)

4. Johnny Sea, “Day For Decision” (No. 35, 1966)

3. Alice Cooper, “Elected” (No. 26, 1972)

2. Re-Flex, “The Politics of Dancing” (No. 24, 1984)

1. Arcadia, “Election Day” (No. 6, 1985)



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Nancy Danello joins this "Talk Franklin" episode to talk elections with Jamie, Amy and I (audio)
Nancy Danello joins this "Talk Franklin" episode to talk elections with Jamie, Amy and I (audio)