Town Clerk

Status of Annual Town Election
as of 3/23/2020

Update on Status of Annual Town Election
as of 3/24/2020
Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020

Update of Status of Annual Town Election
as of 3/25/20

Annual Town Election scheduled for June 9, 2020
 

The Governor has signed into law chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 "An Act granting authority to postpone 2020 municipal elections in the commonwealth and increase voting options in response to the declaration of emergency to respond to COVID-19," which has an emergency preamble and thus takes effect immediately.  

FAQs

How will I know when a new Annual Town Election date is set?  Notice of new election date must be provided to the public in other ways reasonably calculated to enable eligible voters to learn of the rescheduled election date including using a "reverse-911" call, municipal list-serve notifications, advertisement on local cable television or issuance of a press release sent to local news media.  On March 24, 2020, the Board of Selectmen voted to re-schedule the Annual Town Election to June 9, 2020.

What happens to an incumbent elected official whose term would have expired at the Annual Town Election on March 31, 2020?  The incumbent elected official shall continue to serve in the official's position until a successor is elected and qualified (which is already set forth in section 107 of chapter 41 of the General Laws).

Is it too late to register to vote in the new Annual Town Election?  No.  There will be a new voter registration deadline set which will 10 days before the new election date, Friday, May 29, 2020, from 8AM-12:30PM and from 2 PM to 4 PM and from 7 PM to 8 PM.

Will new election ballots/materials be printed?  No.  Election materials from the original election date for the new election date, including all ballots -- absentee and official, will have the date of the original election on them

If I already cast an absentee ballot for the March 31, 2020 Annual Town Election, will my ballot be counted for the new election date?  Yes.   However, a voter who wants to vote in person on the date of the new election  may do so if their absentee ballot has not yet been counted.

Am I eligible to apply for an absentee ballot application due to COVID-19?  Eligibility for apply for an absentee ballot now also includes a physical disability prevent the voter from going to the polling place (only until June 30, 2020) to include any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 in response to a declared state of emergency or from guidance from a medical professional, local or state health official, or any civil authority.  Click here for an application.  Applications for an absentee ballot must be received in the Office of the Town Clerk by noon the day before the June 9, 2020 Annual Town election.  You may mail, email, or fax the application to the Office of the Town Clerk.  Address:  41 Cochituate Rd., Wayland, MA  01778; email:  townclerk@wayland.ma.us.  Please allow ample time for mailing of the ballot.  Ballots can not be picked up in person.

If I am not eligible to apply for absentee ballot are there other ways than appearing at the polls to vote?  Yes.  Early voting by mail, as of March 25, 2020,  is an option for any annual or special municipal or state election held on or before June 30, 2020.  Wayland's new Annual Town Election is June 9, 2020.

How do I arrange to early vote (EV) by mail?  Voters must submit a written request for an EV ballot which can be the application or any form of written communication asking for an EV ballot.  Click here for an Early Voting application.  Early Voting applications are also available 24 hours per day in the vestibule at Town Hall, at the Office of the Town Clerk, and on the Secreteary of the Commonwealth website.  Applications for Early Vote by mail must be received in Office of the Town Clerk by noon the day before the June 9, 2020 Annual Town Election.  You may mail (Office of the Town Clerk, 41 Cochituate Rd, Wayland, MA), email (townclerk@wayland.ma.us), or fax the application.  Please allow for ample time for the Town Clerk's Office to mail the ballot.  Ballots can not be picked up in person and must be returned to the Office of the Town Clerk by close of the polls on election day.  Voters may not bring ballots to the polls on elecion day.

What are the deadlines to apply for either an Absentee Ballot or Early Voting ballot?  Noon on the day before the June 9, 2020 election.  The deadline for you to return completed ballots to the Office of the Town Clerk (ballots can not be returned to the polls) is the close of polls (8pm) on the new election date

What’s the difference between early voting and absentee voting?  Differences include application requirements, eligibility, method and timing of voting, applications made by family members, and once a ballot is cast.  Click here to see a chart detailing the differences between Early Voting and Absentee Voting.

What is the most common mistake voters make when completing applications to vote absentee and early?  Voters who are registered as unenrolled (formerly known as independent) check the box indicating they would like a ballot for each election this calendar year, but forget to note what party ballot (Democratic, Green Rainbow, Libertarian, or Republican) they would like to receive for the state primary election (scheduled for September 1, 2020).  Without this information, the state computer system will not allow the Clerk's Office to process the application for the Annual Town election.    

I applied for an Early Voting ballot, why does my ballot says Absentee ballot?  There was no mistake.  If a voter completes an Early Voting application, the voter will receive an absentee ballot in an Early Voting return envelope.  Going out, the early voting application is logged by the Town Clerk's Office into the state computer system as early voting application.  Coming in,  your ballot is sealed (by the voter) in an early voting and logged by the Town Clerk's Office into the state computer system as a cast early voting ballot.  All early voting ballots and absentee ballots are opened by an election worker at the polls, checked in an election worker, checked out by an election worker, and cast (put through the voting tabulator).  

Can I vote in person at the new Annual Town Election?  Yes.  Please observe social distancing protocols and consider voting when polls are historically less busy, often between 9am and 3pm.  (Massachusetts does not permit drive-through voting).  

Are there any new deadlines for filing nomination papers for the Annual Town Election?  No.

If interested in working as a poll worker at the Annual Town Election,
please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at (508) 358-3630. 
Poll workers are needed!

 

Current Town Clerk Services

Town Hall is closed to the public as well as town offices.  The Office of the Town Clerk office will have minimal staffing during this pandemic.  We will work within reason to accommodate public requests, keeping the safety and well-being of our staff and the public in mind.

Please take note of the following services that the Town Clerks office provides and is able to continue:

One staff member will be in the office on a rotating basis.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.  We can be reached by email, townclerk@wayland.ma.us ,or by leaving a message at (508) 358-3630 and  someone will be in contact with you. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time for our fellow citizens.  Please follow State guidelines for the health and safety of you and your loved ones.

Business Certificates (DBAs, Doing Business As)

  • Renewals can be done when the Town offices re-open.
  • If you are being required to file or show proof of filing before the office re-opens, please contact the town clerk at townclerk@wayland.ma.us

Census

  • Residents who have not returned their annual Wayland census should do so as soon as possible as the Town Clerk’s Office is in the process of concluding the statutory street list compilation by the end of March 2020.

Dogs & Dog licensing

  • Those residents who have access to a computer can license their dog(s) online. https://www.wayland.ma.us , By Mail:  Office of the Town Clerk, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA  01778
  • Please be aware that your dog has to be current with their rabies vaccination(s) to obtain a license.
  • For any dogs you may find wandering in your neighborhood that appear to be lost, or any other dog related issue, please contact the Wayland Police1000 so that they can help re-unite the dog to their owner and communicate with the Animal Control officer.
  • Residents are encouraged to license their dogs as soon as possible, before the imposition of additional late fees in addition to the current late fee.

Elections

  • The State legislation passed on Monday, March 23, 2020 to postpone Municipal elections statewide.  We are working with our state officials closely to keep the community informed of the status of this decision.  The new Annual Town Election date is Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
  • Eary Voting by mail for the June 9, 2020 is able to voters.  Click here for an application.  
  • We encourage all eligible voters who are not able to go to the polls when the election proceeds to submit an absentee ballot application.  While an eligible voter may submit an absentee voter application until noon the day before an election, you are strongly encouraged to do so well beforehand.  Please do not lick your return the envelopes. 
  • Absentee voter applications and Town Clerk’s Office envelopes are available 24 hours per day in the vestibule of the Town Hall next to the Notice of Town Meetings book.
  • You are also able to print out absentee ballot applications which can be found by clicking here.  If you are not able to print out the application, you may send any written form of correspondence with your signature requesting an absentee ballot.
  • These requests should be emailed to townclerk@wayland.ma.us or mailed to: Wayland Town Clerk, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA  01778.  They can also be faxed to the Office of the Town Clerk.
  • Ballots prepared for the March 31, 2020 Annual Town Election will be valid, and used, at the new Annual Town Election.

Marriage Intentions

  • Until further notice, this service will be provided only to those couples who already have an appointment with the Office of the Town Clerk.  Please keep in mind that there is a (3) three day waiting period and a license is good for (60) sixty days. Please contact the Town Clerk at townclerk@wayland.ma.us or (508) 658-3630. 

Open Meeting Law Notices

  • The Office of the Town Clerk will continue to post meeting notices in the vestibule of the Town Hall and in the Town Clerk’s Office.

Oath of Office for Board and Committee Members

  • Will resume when Town offices are open to the public.
  • If your board must meet during this time, and you will be participating having not taken your oath of office, please contact the Town Clerk prior to the meeting. 

Public Record Requests

  • Please submit Office of the Town Clerk public records request to:  townclerk@wayland.ma.us.
  • We will do our best to fulfill these requests during this pandemic. With Town offices not open to the public, there may be some information that may be delayed due to research that may involve records that are not easily accessible now.  

Vital record request

  • Birth Death and Marriages certified copies.
  • Please contact the Town Clerk at townclerk@wayland.ma.us to ensure we have your vital record on file.
  • Once this has been determined, you may go online to request and purchase your vital record.
  • You may also do this by mail, sending in your request and payment with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to: Westwood Town Clerk, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA  01778.  The fee for each certified copy is $10

Voter Registration

 

Online Voter Registration
(This link will allow you to:   Register, Update Your Address and/or Party, and Update Your Name)

Find My Voter Registration Status
&
Polling Location

(available upon filling in information voter registration status) 

2020 Annual Town Election Ballot

Election Calendar
 

ELECTION DATEPOLL HOURSDEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE
    
Annual Town Election

TBD,
On March 23, 2020, the Senate & House passed S2608,  Act
granting authority to postpone 2020 municipal elections in the
commonwealth and increase voting options in response to the
declaration of emergency to respond to COVID-

TBD

TBD
State Primary

Tuesday,

September 1, 2020

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday,
August 12, 2020

General Election 

(Presidential & State)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday,
October 14, 2020

Voting locations for the above elections (locations for Early Voting and Annual Town Meeing differ):
Precincts 1 and 4 are located in the gym at Town Hall, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA.
Precincts 2 and 3 are located in gym at the Middle School, 201 Main Street, Wayland, MA.


See below for Early Voting Schedule

ANNUAL TOWN MEETINGDATETIME
1st dayTBD, Notice of Intent to Declare Reccess and Continuance signed by Town Moderator on March 16, 2020TBD.
if neededTBDTBD
if neededTuesday, April 7, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Annual Town Meeting will take place in the Field House at Wayland High School, 264 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland, MA.
Last day to register to vote at Annual Town Meeting:  TBD.

EARLY VOTING SCHEDULE FOR ELECTIONS

 DATETIME  
    
ANNUAL TOWN ELECTIONn/an/a 
    
STATE PRIMARY n/an/a 
    

GENERAL ELECTION

(PRESIDENTIAL & STATE)

Monday, October 19, 20208:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
(10 business days)Tuesday, October 20, 20208:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m 
 Wednesday, October 21, 20208:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m 
 Thursday, October 22, 20208:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m 
 Friday, October 23, 20208:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
 Monday, October 26, 20208:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m 
 Tuesday, October 27, 20208:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
 Wednesday, October 28, 20208:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
 Thursday, October 29, 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 



 

Early Voting location for Precincts 1, 2, 3, & 4:  Town Hall, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA
 

PROSPECTIVE TOWN ELECTION CANDIDATES 
 (last updated 2/21/20, 2:02pm)
 

MODERATOR

One seat for 3 years

Dennis J. Berry (I)

     papers pulled 1/8/20
   
 papers returned
    1/17/20

     papers certified
    1/17/20

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Two seats for 3 years 

Cherry C. Karlson (I)

     papers pulled 1/8/20
     papers returned 2/3/20
     papers certified 2/3/20

 

William Steinberg
    papers pulled 1/10/20
    papers returned 1/30/20
    papers certified 1/30/20

 

David V. Watkins 
     papers pulled 2/7/20
     papers returned 2/11/20
     papers certified 2/12/20

    

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Two seats for 3 years
Jeanne Downs (I)
     papers pulled 1/22/20
     papers returned 2/3/20
     papers certified 2/3/20


Amanda Miles
    papers pulled 2/3/20
    papers returned 2/10/20
    papers certified 2/10/20

 

Christopher J. Desmond,

     papers pulled 2/5/20
     papers NOT returned

 

Christopher Michael Ryan,

     papers pulled 2/5/20
     papers returned
          2/10/20
     papers certified
          2/10/10

    

BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

Two seats for 3 years

Philip David Parks

     papers pulled 2/5/20
     papers returned 2/11/20
     papers certified 2/12/20

 

 Steven M. Glovsky

      papers pulled 2/7/20
      papers returned 2/10/20
      papers certified 2/10/20
      papers withdrawn 2/12/20


Massimo Taurisano
      papers pulled 2/10/20
      papers returned 2/11/20
      papers certified 2/12/20

PLANNING BOARD

One seat for 5 years
Jennifer M. Steel (I)

     papers pulled 1/24/20
     papers returned
     1/27/20

     papers certified
     1/28/20

BOARD OF HEALTH

Two seats for 3 years
Susan Erica Green (I)
     papers pulled 1/16/20
     papers returned 2/3/20
     papers certified 2/3/20


Arnold Soslow (I)
     papers pulled 1/24/20
     papers returned 2/11/20
     papers certified 2/12/20

 

COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUNDS

One seat for 3 years
Nicole M. Cissell
     papers pulled 1/21/20

     papers returned 2/7/20
     papers certified 2/8/20
     

LIBRARY TRUSTEE

Two seats for 3 years
Leah B. Hart (I)
     Papers pulled 1/7/20
     papers returned 2/10/20
     papers certified 2/12/20

 

Aida A. Gennis (I)

     Papers pulled 1/8/20
     papers returned 1/27/20
     papers certified 1/28/20

    

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS
One seat for 3 years

Duane E. Galbi

   Papers pulled 1/8/20

   Papers returned
   1/13/20

   Certified 1/14/20

Robert Goldsmith
     papers pulled 1/21/20
     papers returned 2/4/20
     papers certified 2/4/20

HOUSING AUTHORITY

One seat for 5 years
    
Christine McKenna Lok
    Papers pulled 2/3/20
    papers NOT returned

 

     Susan Weinstein

      papers pulled 2/7/20
      papers returned

         2/11/20
      papers certified 2/12/20

RECREATION COMMISSIONER
One seat for 3 years
Frank Krasin

    papers pulled 1/8/20
    papers returned 2/7/20
    papers certified 2/8/20

 

Leanne D. Mason,

     papers pulled 2/5/20
     papers returned 2/10/20
     papers certified 2/12/20

Petition to Amend Wayland Town Code,
sec. 139-8 of Chapter 139 relative to firearms

Petitioner's Article filed filed on 1/13/20

     Certified on 1/15/20
Petitioner's Article revised filed 2/18/20
      Certified on 2/21/20

 

Petition to Change Election Date
Petitoner's Article filed on 1/14/20
    Certified on 1/15/20


Petition have Finance Committee Appointed by Moderator
Petitoner's Article filed on 1/15/20
    Certified on 1/15/20
            Revision filed 2/10/20

            called 
            
Petitioners' Article for 2020 Wayland Annual town Meeting

            filed 2/10/20
            certified 2/12/20



Petition to Repeal C. 193 of the Wayland Code
Petitoner's Article filed on 1/15/20
    Certified on 1/15/20

 

Petition for Finance Committee to Participate in Collective Bargaining 

Petitioner’s Article filed on 1/15/20

    Certified on 1/15/20

  • "I" next to Candidate’s name indicates incumbent
  • “Pulled papers” indicates date the candidate picked up
  • “Returned” indicates ate papers were duly filed with the Town Clerk's Office
  • "Certified" indicates the papers were certified by the Board of Registrars
     (candidate's name will appear on ballot

     

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Anna M. Ludwig Town Clerk (508) 358-3631
Joseph Pessimato Assistant Town Clerk (508) 358-3630