Monday, Noon to 6 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday, 7-10 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
(10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. by appointment only)
Call ahead to ensure availability.
September 29, 2020
Election day is fast approaching and I want to clear up some confusion about how voting is working this year.
Firstly, Absentee Ballots will be mailed out to every active registered voter in Vermont. The state is doing this for every person who registered to vote before Thursday, September 3, 2020. If you registered after this you will get a ballot from me at the town office. This means you do not need to request an absentee ballot to receive one. To reiterate, every active registered voter will receive an absentee ballot. The ballots are being mailed this week. If for some reason you do not receive a ballot at some point in the coming week, you can contact me at (802) 889-5521.
If you are unsure if you are registered to vote or have any questions about your voter information (for example, you aren’t sure your address is correct) you can check your “my voter page” at mvp.vermont.gov. This site allows you to submit changes and register to vote online.
You can also check if you are registered to vote by reading one of the notices that will be put up around town. The notices have the election warning, the voter checklist, and a sample ballot with general election and justice of the peace, and will be posted at the Town Offices, Post Office, and the Tunbridge Library this afternoon.
We are highly recommending you vote absentee rather than in person on election day as we want to keep Tunbridge as safe and healthy as possible in lieu of Covid-19. However, we will be at the polls and you may bring your absentee ballot in and fill it out in person. We will also have ballots available if you forget or would like to register same day.
We understand that there has been concern about the speed of the mail, and we want to assure you that as long as you fill out and mail your ballot as soon as possible, there won’t be an issue. If you are worried about this you can drop your ballot of at the Town Clerks Office during our regular hours (Monday noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 7 to 10 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) instead of using the mail or place in the Drop Box outside of the Town Offices.
Finally, PLEASE remember to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS that are with your ballots. The number one reason ballots don’t get counted is because the voter forgets to sign the envelope.
- Every active registered voter will receive an absentee ballot
- Check your my voter page mvp.vermont.gov
- Read the instructions
- Send or drop off your ballot as soon as possible
Please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the office at (802) 889-5521 and I can answer any questions.
The Tunbridge Town Office will be re-opening on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please wear a mask and sanitize your hands when entering the Town Office. At this time, two people at a time will be allowed to stand in the hallway. The bathroom will be available to the public.
Most business (including dump ticket sales, notarizing, certified copy orders, marriage licenses, dog licenses, tax bill requests and payments, etc.) will take place through the newly installed service windows from both offices into the main hallway. Access to the land records is still by appointment – to set one, contact the Town Clerk. See updated Town Officer hours below:
Treasurer (889-3571) – Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Town Clerk (889-5521) – Mondays, noon-6 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Listers (889-3571) – Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Frequently asked questions and answers
Can I access the land records? Yes! I am taking appointments to access the vault on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Email email@example.com to schedule a time.
How do I get dump tickets? Please leave payment and your return address in the drop box outside of the Town Office. Your tickets will be mailed to you. This takes a bit of time, so please plan ahead.
Can I get something notarized? Yes! I am taking appointments for notarizing on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 889-5521 to schedule a time.
How do I license my dog? Drop your dog’s current rabies certificate, name, payment, and your return address in the drop box outside the Town Office. $9.00 per spayed/neutered dog, $13.00 per unspayed/unneutered dog.
How do I register to vote? The best way is to set up your Voter Page through the State Elections System. Go to mvp.vermont.gov to sign up and register to vote. If this option isn’t available, call 889-5521 to set up an appointment to come into the office to register to vote in person.
How do I request absentee ballots? The best way to request an absentee ballot is online on your My Voter Page. Log in at mvp.vermont.gov. Alternatively, you can email me or leave a message with your name, birthday, and address where you’d like your absentee ballots to be mailed. If you are requesting absentee ballots for someone else, be sure to include their name, mailing address and birthday, as well as your name.
Applications for downloading
- Application for Certified Copy of Vermont Birth or Death Certificate
- Application for Vermont License of Civil Marriage
- Application for Certified Copy of Vermont Marriage or Divorce or Civil Union Dissolution Certificate
Town Meeting results
The following were elected to serve during Town Meeting on March 3, 2020:
Gordon Barnaby – Moderator
Michael McPhetres – Selectboard
Helen O’Donnell – Lister
Linda Hoyt – Auditor
Euclid Farnham – Cemetery Commissioner
Matthew Frost – Trustee of Public Funds
Mark Bomalaski and Billie Smith – Library Trustees
Judie Lewis – Town Agent
Lenora Kimball – Grand Juror
Bruce Jones – First Constable
Katherine Adams – Second Constable
Jillian Conner – Town Clerk, to fill the remainder of a three-year term (2022)
Jacqueline Garran and Nicholas Zigelbaum were elected to the First Branch Unified School District Board on March 2.
Tunbridge election results from the Vermont Presidential Primary on March 3, 2020:
Bernie Sanders, 190
Joe Biden, 55
Elizabeth Warren, 42
Mike Bloomberg, 19
Pete Buttigieg, 2
Tulsi Gabbard, 1
Amy Klobuchar, 1
Deval Patrick, 1
Tom Steyer, 1
312 votes cast
Donald Trump, 47
Bill Weld, 9
Rocky De La Fuente, 1
59 votes cast
Due to the cancellation of the Tunbridge/Chelsea rabies clinic and the ongoing situation with COVID-19, late fees for dog registrations after April 1 will be waived until further notice. Remember that you can send payment and copies of your rabies certificates via mail to avoid coming into the office. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 6, Tunbridge, VT 05077
2020 dog licensing has begun! You may license your dog up until April 1, 2020, without penalty.
After April 1st, there will be a late charge added to your fees. The Licensing schedule is as follows:
- Spayed or neutered dogs – $9.00 until April 1, after April 1 the cost is $11.00
- Unspayed or unneutered dogs – $13.00 until April 1, after April 1 the cost is $17.00
You may license your dogs in person at the Town Clerk’s Office, via mail, by sending a check and a copy of their latest proof of rabies vaccination, or by dropping payment and proof of rabies in the drop box at Town Offices. Your license and tags will then be mailed to you.
Town Clerk information
Please keep up to date with all of the Town Clerk’s public service messages. The Clerk will provide information regarding dog licensing, voting, voter registrations, poll hours and locations, town vault accessibility. If you require contact with the Clerk please contact her at the info above.