Edgartown Selectmen Name New Town Clerk
Noah Asimow

After three interviews and a brief deliberation, Edgartown selectmen chose Karen Medeiros as their new town clerk on Monday. Mrs. Medeiros has worked as assistant town clerk for the past 27 years.

Read More

Edgartown Election Maestro Tallies Up Her Last Ballot
Noah Asimow
Edgartown town clerk Wanda Williams will retire on Nov. 30 after 31 years on the job, making the 2018 midterm election her final one.
Read More

Two Candidates on the Ballot for Tisbury Town Clerk
Heather Hamacek

Two candidates are vying for the position of town clerk in Tisbury, with one-term incumbent Hillary Conklin facing a challenge from Joe McCarthy.

Read More

Presidential Election Is Tuesday; Town Clerks Brace for Large Turnout
Sara Brown

Vineyard voters will join their counterparts across the country at the polls Tuesday in a presidential election year expected to go down in history for unprecedented rancor, and an electorate on edge.

Read More

Votes Are In; Three Decades of Excellence
Ivy Ashe

Marion Mudge’s preparation for Tuesday’s Tisbury town election began well before the actual event. Absentee ballots were sent out, members of the fire and public works departments were consulted for setup, voting booths arranged, signs posted and stocks of snacks purchased at the grocery store for election volunteers.

As Tisbury town clerk for the past 30 years, Ms. Mudge has kept track of Tisbury’s vital records — its births, deaths, marriages and civil unions. But elections remain her favorite part of the job.

Read More

Tisbury Narrowly Passes Budget Override, Elects New Town Clerk
Ivy Ashe

Tisbury voters narrowly approved their first general budget override in more than two decades at the annual town election Tuesday.

The ballot question passed by just 21 votes, with 367 voters in favor of the override, and 349 against.

Read More

From Dog Licenses to Elections, Town Clerks Keep the Record
Sara Brown
Town clerks maintain bylaws, keep track of the open meeting law, conflict of interest law, campaign finance forms and they swear people in. They are also keepers of the town seal.
Read More

Town Clerks Seek Appointment Change
Sara Brown
Like other towns in the state, Edgartown may look at changing the town clerk from an elected to an appointed position. Edgartown town clerk Wanda Williams told the selectmen Monday that she would like the town to look into making the change.
Read More

Longtime Oak Bluffs Town Clerk Retires
Sara Brown

Senior personnel changes are underway in Oak Bluffs, with the longtime town clerk retiring and a new acting fire chief in place.

Town clerk Deborah deBettencourt Ratcliff, who has worked for the office for 25 years and served as town clerk since 1997, announced her retirement this week. Her last day will be June 30.

The selectmen accepted her retirement with regret at their meeting Tuesday, and appointed assistant town clerk Laura Johnston as the acting town clerk.

Read More

Voter Registration Rush Includes Students Fired Up for First Ballot
Julia Rappaport

The last day to register to vote in Massachusetts was Wednesday, and the deadline saw a flurry of activity in town halls across the Island.

“I’m working fast and furious,” reported Edgartown town clerk Wanda Williams yesterday morning. Ms. Williams said nearly 60 new voters registered in Edgartown on Wednesday. Because she is still entering figures, the town clerk was unable to report the new total number of registered voters in town at press time.

Read More

Pages