BELLINGHAM â€” Town Clerk Ann L. Odabashian says the 2013 town census is beginning and census forms are being mailed to the 6,000 households in Bellingham beginning this month.
In most cases, verification of current information is all that will be needed. Simple instructions are included for making any changes, corrections, additions or deletions. If any resident does not receive a form or has any questions, they are asked to contact the Town Clerkâ€™s office at (508) 657-2830.
The local census is required by Massachusetts law to determine the residents of individual cities and towns. Odabashian wishes to impress upon every resident the importance of responding to this census, saying failure to respond to this mailing may result in removal from the voting list.
Residents are now able to verify their voting status on their census forms. Any resident who wishes to register to vote through the mail need only check the voting status section (party) and an application will be sent to their home. Mail-in applications are also available at the Bellingham Library, Post Office and Registry of Motor Vehicles.
In filling out the form, list all members of your household including children. Members of the service and students, even though living away from home, are still considered legal inhabitants of Bellingham for voting purposes unless they have chosen to establish a permanent residence elsewhere. Their names should be reported in the census by their parents.
Residents are asked to return their forms immediately to the Town Clerkâ€™s office. Returns can either be mailed or returned to special drop-off points within the town.
Please remember you may license your dog by filling out the attached form and sending it back with an updated copy of the rabies information and a check made out to the Town of Bellingham. It is the best way to ensure your dog is licensed on time.
Special drop-off boxes for census returns will be available at the Bellingham Public Library, Town Hall mailbox, Town Clerkâ€™s office and Rockland Trust Bank.