Street list and Census

TOWN OF HANOVER STREET LIST AND CENSUS

The Town of Hanover mails an Annual Street Listing (Census Questionnaire) at the end of December of every year.  It is important that you promptly review your form, make changes as needed, and sign and return it to the Town Clerk/Registrar’s Office - even if all the information is correct.  Forms may be returned by mail or dropped off at Town Hall.  There is even a mail slot in the front door of Town Hall that allows for after-hours drop-offs.

According to state law, failure to respond to the mailing shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls, so please return your census!  Each form is bar-coded so that it can be scanned into the statewide network.  However, if you are new to town or have misplaced your questionnaire, you may also access a blank form here.

It is essential that the town knows who is currently living in each household so that the police and fire departments can respond appropriately in an emergency.  In addition, the census is important in order to have the correct tally of persons for voting purposes, and so that Hanover receives adequate state funding which is based on the population. Every 10 years the federal census is also taken to redistrict the Town based on population.

Please note that you are NOT registering to vote when you fill out your census.  Go to http://www.hanover-ma.gov/town-clerk/pages/voter-registration-and-absentee-ballots for more details on the voter registration process.  You may notice that your voter party enrollment is declared on this form, however.  “D” means Democrat, “R” means Republican, "L" means Libertarian, and “U” means Unenrolled, formerly known as Independent in Massachusetts.

The Annual Street List of Residents is published in late spring, and is available in the Town Clerk’s office for a fee of $10.00.  It is also available electronically, without birth dates, here.