Town clerk Denise Graffeo reminds residents about the importance of returning the Annual Town Census form to her office as soon as possible. A prompt and accurate census is very important, and residents’ cooperation in returning the form quickly will prevent the town from having to do another costly mailing.
If you are a new resident or if you do not receive a census form, please notify the Town Clerk’s office by phone at 978-640-4355 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s census will also serve to notify voters of changes to voting precincts as determined by the 2020 Federal Census. Please look for the attachment at the bottom of your census form, which will identify every household’s precinct number and voting location.
PLEASE TEAR-OFF AND RETAIN THIS NOTICE FOR REFERENCE REGARDING WHERE TO VOTE ON APRIL 2
Graffeo advises the community to visit the Town Clerk’s page of our municipal website for more information relative to the Annual Town Census and to find answers to FAQs.
Why return your form? An accurate count provides benefits to the town:
➢ The Census provides information to assure that Tewksbury 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 census information serves to provide proof of residency to protect voting rights and to maintain the voting list, preventing needless delays at your voting precinct. Previously registered voters who have not returned their Annual Census for two consecutive years will be added to the Inactive Voters List and therefore, by law, will be required to fill out an Affirmation of Current and Continuous Residence form and provide identification to prove continuous residency in the Town of Tewksbury.
➢ The school census provides projections 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 Colleges and provides proof of residence. By law, the town may certify that you live in Tewksbury only if you are listed in the census records. Owning property is not used for proof of residency.
For their convenience, dog owners will find a dog registration application enclosed with the census form. By state law, all dogs six months of age or older must be registered.