Welcome to the Town Clerk's Webpage
Often considered the doorway to local government, the Town Clerk's office responds to inquiries and serves as the central information point for residents and visitors alike.
Please return your 2024 Annual Town Census/Street Listing as soon as possible!
2024 Election Information
The State of Massachusetts is mailing out postcards to all registered voters in January 2024 to give you an option to Vote by Mail.
You can track your ballot using this link: Track my ballot
*You must be present at Town Meeting to vote. All other elections - you may vote in person, by mail, by absentee ballot or in person early in person voting.
Please watch the brief video below for information from on upcoming elections!
Nomination papers are now available at the Town Clerk's office for the following positions on the Annual Town Election Ballot:
1 Select Board member for three-year term
2 Board of Health member for three-year terms
2 Orleans Elementary School Committee members for three-year terms
1 Orleans Housing Authority Member for 5-year term
2 Snow Library Trustees for three-year terms
1 Nauset Regional School Committee member for three-year term
Number of certified signatures needed is forty (40)
Friday, March 29th, 2024 Last day to OBTAIN nomination papers
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024 Last day to SUBMIT nomination papers to the Registrar (via Town Clerk)
Thursday, April 18th, 2024 Last day to WITHDRAW or OBJECT nomination papers
To Register to Vote, please either click HERE, or come visit the Town Clerk's office during normal business hours.
Looking to Vote by Mail or obtain an Absentee Ballot Application? Click on the link below to print out the form and submit it to the Town Clerk's Office
*You do not need to re-register if you are a current voter*
The Town Clerk serves you in the following capacities:
Chief Election Official: supervises voter registration, oversees polling places, election officers, and the general conduct of all elections as well as directs the preparation of ballots, polling places, voting equipment, voting lists, administers campaign finance laws, certifies nomination papers and initiative petitions, and serves on the Board of Registrars. The Clerk conducts the annual town census and prepares the street list of residents.
Recording Officer: records and certifies all official actions of the Town, including Town Meeting legislation and appropriations, election results, Planning and Zoning Board decisions, signs all notes for borrowing and the keeps of the town seal. The Town Clerk attests by signature and seal to bonds, contracts, bylaws, resolutions and any other documents requiring town certification.
Licensing Officer: issues marriage licenses, business certificates, dog licenses, shellfish permits, underground fuel storage registrations and raffle permits.
Registrar of Vital Statistics: keeps all official records of births, deaths, and marriages, providing the basis for the Commonwealth's central vital registration system.
Public Records Officer: provides certified copies of vital records and is responsible for maintenance, disposition, and preservation of municipal archival records and materials. The Town Clerk maintains the official town bulletin board and the calendar for the scheduling of meetings of any town board, commission or committee (including subcommittees). Pursuant to MGL Chapter 39, Section 23B, such meetings are open to the public and must be held in a building accessible to the public. Board, Committee and Commission meeting minutes are filed with the Town Clerk.
The Town Clerk administers the oath of office to all town officials, whether they are elected or appointed. The Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk are Notaries Public and Commissioners to Qualify Public Officers.
At this time we are unable to swear in Notaries at our office.
We appreciate your understanding.
Town ClerkPhysical Address
19 School Road
Orleans, MA 02653
Phone: 508-240-3700, ext. 2405Fax: 508-240-3388
Kelly DarlingTown ClerkPhone: 508-240-3700, ext. 2304
Jennifer HigginsAssistant Town ClerkPhone: 508-240-3700, ext. 2306
Bethany HibbardPrincipal ClerkPhone: 508-240-3700, ext. 2305