I WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR ANY BUSINESS except for elections related issues due to the traffic flow and congestion that sometimes occurs. If you need to see me for anything other than for election day procedures, let a worker know and I will come to you.
Executive orders from the Governor and the Secretary of State regarding Voting Guidelines and Protocol on Election Day, November 3, 2020 will make a huge difference to the way we will be conducting business at the polls.
To the new year-round residents of Swan’s Island ~
I just want to give you a heads up about a few things/laws/rules that you may or may not be aware of. Some are listed here on the website while others need to be but I haven’t gotten around to doing it yet.
Dogs: if you have a dog that is 6 months old, the requirement, per State law, is to be licensed with the town within 10 working days of moving here. The licenses for the coming year are available after October 15th each year. You will need to bring proof of a current Maine rabies certificate and if the dog is altered, that paperwork is required as well. The cost to license a dog is $6 if it is altered and $11 if it is intact.
There is a town ordinance in place about dogs being on the beach which is on our website. Also, per State law, dogs are required to be on a leash or under control at all times while outside. The ordinance can be read in full on this website elsewhere.
Clam licenses: There is to be no digging of clams unless you have a town license. These can be obtained from the Town Office during my hours. There is an officer who patrols the flats occasionally plus the commercial clammers are watching. Their livelihood depends on people not walking the flats and killing the seedlings. If you do dig illegally, you should check the www.maine.gov/dmr website to be sure there is not a red tide warning as eating clams during red tide can be extremely dangerous…even deadly. Please read the ordinance entitled "Swan's Island Shellfish Ordinance" on this website under ordinances.
Vehicles: Motor Vehicles are required, also per State law, to be registered in town within 30 days of moving here. In order to register a vehicle, I will need the title from your previous residence (if the vehicle was registered out of State) as well as proof of insurance and the mileage. Once the vehicle is registered, it will need an inspection sticker as soon as possible.
Homestead Exemption: When you have maintained Swan’s Island as your residence for a year, you are entitled to a homestead exemption the following tax year as long as the paperwork is filed with the office by April 1st. The same with a Veteran’s exemption if you are over a certain age. In order to receive the Veteran’s exemption you are required to show a DD214, an honorable discharge and proof that you have been in the service during certain wartime periods.
Town events, things of interest, sales, etc. are listed on Facebook on the Swan’s Island Information Page which is our on line bulletin board. The Swan’s Island Town Office Facebook page has articles related to the town government like transfer station hours, selectmen's meeting agendas, and other information, Many things are also posted in the hallway at the Town Office/Post Office and a few various public places around town.
Gwen J May
Registrar of Voters
Executive orders from the Governor and the Secretary of State regarding Voting Guidelines and Protocol on Election Day, July 14th, will make a huge difference to the way we will be conducting business at the polls.
When you come to vote, you will use the side door to enter (you will not be able to enter the room through the hallway/post office entrance) and will exit through the hallway. The traffic will flow so that people will be 6' apart at all times (household members may come together but others stay 6' away).
PLEASE be kind and wear a mask - the workers all have to wear a mask or face shield all day long for your protection. There will be tape on the floor at 6' intervals and probably arrows marking the flow of traffic. Someone will be there to direct you.
There will be a receptacle to leave your mask or gloves, if you wish, at the exit door. We will also be providing hand sanitizer to use when you enter and as you leave.
Please be aware of people coming and going from the post office area and give them space.
We will be cleaning the voting booths and other surfaces regularly throughout the day per executive orders.
You may use your own pen to mark the ballots or we will provide one as usual. When you leave the booth the pen has to be brought out with you and put in a box to be sanitized.
Visiting will not be allowed for the comfort of all.
I WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS due to the traffic flow and congestion that sometimes occurs. If you need to see me, let a worker know and I will meet you outside.
Some of this post may be revised before Tuesday morning when we open at 10 so check back.
In regards to absentee voting, a while ago I responded to a post stating a quick rundown of how the absentee voting works but wanted to go into minute detail as there are still questions being asked. It makes not one bit of difference to myself or my workers how you vote as long as you are comfortable with the process and know it is pretty fool proof to vote absentee for those who choose not to come to the polls for whatever reason.
If a registered voter of Swan’s Island wishes to vote absentee, they can call me and ask for a ballot or they can pick an application up in the hallway and either mail it to me or bring it by OR go on line at https://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/elections_voting.html and fill out the form. If you go on line and fill out the application, I will get notification by email immediately, print out the form, verify that you are a registered voter and enter it into the Maine central voting list. No chances of duplicates with that process. When the ballots arrive in the early to mid part of October, I will send a ballot to each person who has applied, entering the date and time sent on the application and entering the information into the central voting system. When it is returned to me, I write the date and time received on the back of the envelope below where you have signed and again will enter it into the system that it has been returned. The unopened envelope then goes into a box in alphabetical order and put in the vault until election day. Usually around 2 pm that day the warden retrieves the box of ballots, reads the voters name aloud so the name is checked off on the incoming voting list, slits the envelope and deposits the ballot directly into the same ballot box that is used for those voting in person and in the same manner. The warden returns the empty envelopes to me to be sealed in a box until they can be destroyed, per State law.
If you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask. If you want to vote absentee but still aren’t comfortable about the mail you are free to email, text, message or call me if you want to know when I send the ballot to you and can do the same when it is received back to me if that would make you feel better. If you haven’t registered to vote, you can do it when you come to the polls but it will be less time consuming if you come see me before that as the people will be limited inside the building. Polls will be open from 10 am until 8 pm at the Town Office on November 3rd.
Another option is to vote in person when I am in the office if you want to avoid the crowds. That type of voting follows the same procedure as absentee voting.
THIS IS NOT ADVOCATING FOR EITHER ABSENTEE OR VOTING IN PERSON BUT IS AN INFORMATIONAL NOTICE.
Gwen J May, Town Clerk/Registrar
5.30.2020 For those newly arrived. THE TOWN OFFICE IS CLOSED until further notice. If you want a car or boat registration, a license or to pay a tax, or whatever, you can message, text or call and I will give you the amount due. You can send a check and I will mail you what you paid for. I will not go over daily to do what needs doing and will only go occasionally so plan ahead..... and stay safe. And stay well.
The annual Town Meeting will be held on March 4th, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the School Gym. The official warrant will be posted on the website and in various places in town as soon as it becomes available.
Please bring your pencils and if you have previously picked up a town report bring it with you. Books are limited this year.