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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Records Kept By The Town Clerk
John Flynn
Town Clerk

149 Main St.
Watertown, MA  02472

Ph: (617) 972-6486

Hours (May 24th - August 30th)
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
The Town Clerk is the official record keeper for the Town of Watertown. Records kept by the Office of the Town Clerk include, but are not limited to, vital statistics (birth, death, and marriage certificates), Business Certificates (DBA’s), appeals from decisions of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board, and filings from City Boards and Commissions. The Town Clerk is the official keeper of the Town Seal and Town Ordinances.

All notifications and documents are public records, with some exceptions pertaining to vital records. The Elections Department, responsible under Massachusetts General Laws to the Board of Election Commissions, has a wide range of responsibilities mandated by Chapter 50 through 56, among others, to ensure fair and impartial elections in the Town of Watertown. Duties include taking the annual census, generating voting lists, jury lists, and maintaining these listings throughout the year. 

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Online Voter Registration Now Available!

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin is pleased to announce that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and more convenient as well as cut costs relating to the printing of voter registration forms.

Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin’s website at and clicking the “Massachusetts Register to Vote Online” button to access the online application system. 

Massachusetts voters may access their federal and state representatives, polling place/precinct at this site
The voter will complete their street address and will view their voting location and present officials.

Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address or change their party enrollment.

Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.

Attention Voters:
The results of September 8, 2016 State Primary Election
The results of November 8, 2016 State Election

There are four political parties in Massachusetts. If you are enrolled in one of these political parties, you will find the following letter codes next to your name in the column marked "PARTY":

D - Democratic Party                  R - Republican Party

J - Green-Rainbow                     CC - United Independent Party

Voters who are unenrolled in a party (commonly known as "Independent") will be listed with the party code "U" in the PARTY column. Unenrolled voters and voters who are members of Political Designations (indicated by other letter codes) can choose which party's ballot they would like to receive.

2017 Election Dates      

Tuesday, September 19, 2017      Preliminary Town Election
Last Day to Register to vote: Wednesday, August 30th   8:30 AM - 8:00 PM 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017         General Town Election
Last Day to Register to Vote: Wednesday, October 18th 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM

If you would like further clarification of your party status or have any other questions relative to the upcoming election please call the Town clerk's Office at 617-972-6486 

Precinct map  Polling Locations

Absentee Ballots:
In-Office Voting Hours: During Regular Business Hours

You may request an absentee ballot by:

Poll Worker Opportunities
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Printable Application available here
Fillable PDF Application available here