The Board of Registrars conducts the Annual Town Census by mail for the Town of Tewksbury. The information collected includes name, date of birth, and occupation. Census forms are mailed out in January and are due back to the Town Clerk's office within ten (10) days. For the convenience of dog owners, the dog license renewal application is attached to the bottom of the form. Pursuant to Massachusetts General Law, all dogs six months or older are required to be licensed annually.
Voters are required to return the form annually to retain their "Active" status on the voter list. If you are a registered voter and do not respond to the census, the Board of Registrars is required by law to move you to the "Inactive Voter" list. You will still be eligible to vote in Tewksbury, but only after completing an Affirmation of Current & Continuous Residence form and showing evidence (i.e. driver's license or other acceptable documentation) when you go to the polls or Town Meeting. Acceptable identification must include the voter’s name and the address at which he/she is registered to vote.
The information collected during the census is used by several town departments in the course of their daily work.
- The Census provides information to assure that the town receives its’ fair share of state and federal funds and grants.
- It is also used for calculating veterans’ benefits, housing for the elderly and other related veterans and elderly benefits.
- The school census provides projection for future enrollments and related benefits which allows school administrators to apply for additional state and federal funds and grants.
- Allows college students to apply for lower tuition at all Massachusetts state universities and provides proof of residence. By law we can only certify that you live in Tewksbury if you are listed in the census records. Owning property is not used for proof of residency.
What is the Annual Town Census?
Massachusetts General Law Chap. 51, Sec. 4 mandates an annual street listing of residents as of January 1st. The Board of Registrars in coordination with the Town Clerk's Office sends out census forms to all Tewksbury households at the beginning of every year. Look for your annual census form to arrive in the mail in early January. The dog license renewal form is at the bottom of the census form. The census form asks for the name, gender, date of birth and occupation of all residents in your household.
Is the information collected public?
In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chap. 51, Sec. 6. the Annual List of Residents is published based on census data containing the names and addresses of all residents 17 years of age or older. The Annual List of Residents is available in July of each year for $15 as a hard copy, e-mailed PDF, or CD.
Can I register to vote on my census form?
No. Voter registration in Tewksbury has never been easier than it is today. You may visit the Town Clerk’s Office in Tewksbury Town Hall, 1009 Main St. and complete a voter registration form in person. Or, you may download a Mail-In Voter Registration Form
In addition, the state registries of motor vehicles, social service agencies and military recruitment offices provide voter registration services.
Can I tell if I'm registered to vote from my census form?
Yes. Party enrollment information is included on the census form designated by a letter. If there is not a letter to the left of your name, you are not registered to vote in Tewksbury. If there is a "U" next to your name, it means that you are registered but not affiliated with a particular party. "U" stands for "Unenrolled", formerly known as "Independent."
Can I change my name or political party on my census form?
No. We are unable to make changes to your voter registration from your census form. You must complete and sign a Change of Name Card or Change of Political Party Card and return it to the Town Clerk's Office.
What is an Inactive Voter?
An inactive voter is a voter who failed to return the census. Any voter who does not respond to the annual census by the first Monday in June is made inactive. Voters who are made inactive are immediately sent a confirmation card. This mailing notifies the voter that their name has been removed from the active voting list and has been placed on the inactive voting list and provides the voter with an opportunity to activate themselves by signing the postage prepaid confirmation card and returning it to the Town Clerk's Office. Voters can also be reinstated by voting in an election or town meeting or signing a petition or nomination paper.
On Election Day or Town Meeting Day, inactive voters are allowed to vote, but they must provide ID matching the address listed on the voter’s list as well as complete an Affirmation of Current & Continuous Residence. This takes the voter and warden time to complete, so we encourage all voters to return their census form.
What if I lost my census form or didn't receive one?
Blank copies can obtained by clicking on the link on the top of this page, or we can print one out if a voter comes into the office. If you have any questions contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 978-640-4355.