The annual street listing is now under way in Merrimac, and residents are urged to reply at their earliest convenience for a number of reasons.
First, these forms are required by state law to maintain the current voter rolls. Those not responding will be placed on the Inactive Voter List, which will require them to submit residency forms and provide proof of residency at the polls to vote in any election. Anyone who has not responded for a p eriod of four years and failed to vote in the last two state elections will be dropped from the voter lists.
All residents of the household should be listed, whatever their age. Children’s names and ages are not public records and will not be distributed, but the information is used for school department projections and state aid formulas. Household members serving in the military should also be listed, as this will enable them to receive absentee ballots, as well as make them eligible for certain bonuses reserved for Massachusetts residents, including lower rates at state colleges and universities.
If there is no political party affiliation next to a name on the street listing, then the person is not a registered voter in Merrimac. Residents who are not yet registered or who would like to change their party affiliation can do so in person or by mail, using forms available online, at the town clerk’s office, at the Registry of Motor Vehicles or at any city hall or town hall in the state.
Nomination papers have been filed for the following positions for the May 6 annual town election.
Town clerk — incumbent clerk Patricia True, and Ellen Miracle, assistant clerk.
Cemetery trustee — incumbent trustee Carol Ranshaw.
Papers circulating include:
Moderator — incumbent Robert Bender
Assessor — incumbent Louise Lingerman
Constable — incumbent Robert Turner.