News & Happenings

November 2016

The results are in and Early Voting was officially a SUCCESS in South Hadley! For the first time in Massachusetts, voters had the opportunity to cast their ballots for the State Presidential Election up to ten days prior to the date of the election. Thanks to the incredible efforts from staff and outstanding participation from voters, South Hadley had the highest percentage of early voters in all of Western Mass at a whopping 35.77%. The following are some of the statistics we are proud of and you should be, too.

  1. South Hadley had the highest percentage of early voters in all of Hampshire County.
  2. South Hadley had the highest percentage of early voters compared to our surrounding towns.
  3. Out of 351 communities in Massachusetts, South Hadley had the 25th highest percentage of early voters. That puts us in the top 10% of communities (7% to be specific). 
  4. The closest to us in Western MA, based on percentage of early voters, was Monson (#47 with 33.76%) and Longmeadow (#48 with 33.75%), both in Hampden county. 
  5. Comparing based on community population: of the communities with a population of registered voters between 10,000 and 13,000, South Hadley ranked #5 out of 44 communities.
  6. South Hadley had 12 days of early voting. that means we averaged 336.75 votes a day. 
  7. South Hadley had 108.5 hours of early voting (not counting hours at the COA because those hours overlapped). That means 37 people voted early every hour. 
You can view the full data provided by the Secretary of State's Office in the documents below.
Again, we in the Clerk's Office would like to thank all of our staff for their diligent work throughout the election as well as our dedicated voters who came out to participate and contribute to our outstanding success!

July 2016

On the evening of July 20th, Town Administrator, Michael Sullivan, joins our Bike/Walk Committee at the Public Library as they are sworn in for this year's membership. The Bike/Walk Committee meets every third Wednesday of the month.


December 2015

Attention Voters:

Your enrollment as a voter will affect the party primary in which you can vote at the March 1, 2016 Presidential Primary.

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

J – Green-Rainbow

R – Republican Party

CC – United Independent Party

When voting on March 1, 2016, voters who are enrolled in one of the above parties can only vote on the ballot for that 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.

If you wish to change your party enrollment for the Presidential Primary, you must do so on or before February 10, 2016. You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person, by mail, or online at

August 2015

Historically, when individuals are appointed as members of boards and committees as well as public officials, an Oath is taken in the Clerk's Office as a formal statement of his or her loyalty toward serving the town. This summer, we had the opportunity to replace the basic book we had previously used to document those individuals who are sworn into their given position. We were able to contact the same company, Hobbs & Warren, Inc., that creates the Oath of Office Register for the Secretary of State. Located on Beacon Hill, Hobbs & Warren creates custom designed, hand-bound books for the records and documentation of public officials at the State House. We were able to have them create for us a new, stately ledger for recording our own town's history in a more sophisticated and formal manner. Below are some of our first signers of our new Oath of Office Record Book and it can be found displayed proudly in the Clerk's Office, Suite 108.
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Oath of office janelle
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