Town Clerk

About the Office

The Office of the Town Clerk is managed by the Town Clerk. The Town Clerk is elected to a 3-year term by the voters of the Town of Brookline and holds the rank of Department Head. The Town Clerk's responsibilities, which are mandated by federal and state statutes and town by-laws, include:

  • Administration of fair and accurate elections
  • Maintenance of public records
  • Preservation of the actions and directives of the town's legislative branch, the town meeting
  • Registration of voters
  • Notary Public
  • Justice of the Peace

The Town Clerk is the Records Access Officer (RAO) for all public records requests concerning the Town of Brookline. All public records requests may be made to the Town Clerk in writing at the Office of the Town Clerk, Town Hall, Room 104, 333 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445, or email Patrick Ward.

Requesting Notary or Justice of the Peace Services

It is strongly suggested that all requests for notarizations, civil marriage ceremonies, and oaths of office be arranged in advance by calling the Town Clerk at 617-730-2010.

March 3, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020 the Massachusetts Presidential Preference Primary will be held. The polls will be open from 7:00 AM and will close at 8:00 PM. Early Voting will be available the previous week at Town Hall from Monday, February 24, 2020 through Friday, February 28, 2020.

 Voter Registration 

You may register to vote in person during regular office hours and on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The last day to register to vote for the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary is Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM,

Early Voting 

Early Voting for the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary is available at Town Hall during the following dates and times: Monday, February 24, 2020 through Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Thursday, February 27, 2020, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM; and Friday, February 28, 2020, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

May 5, 2020 Annual Town Election 

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 the Annual Town Election will be held. The polls will be open from 7:00 AM and will close at 8:00 PM. The Annual Town Election ballot generally consists of the Town-wide offices and Town Meeting Members, from each of Brookline's sixteen precincts, that are up for re-election.

 Nominations

Nomination papers for the 2020 Annual Town Election become available on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. At least fifty (50) certified signatures of registered voters from Brookline are required to run for Town-wide office and at least ten (10) certified signatures of registered voters from within a precinct in Brookline, are required to run for Town Meeting Member from that precinct. The last day to submit nomination papers to this office for certification is Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The last day to object to or withdraw from a nomination is Thursday, April 2, 2020. 

 Voter Registration 

You may register to vote in person during regular office hours and on Saturday, April 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The last day to register to vote for the 2020 Annual Town Election is Wednesday, April 11, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM,