The office continues to be closed to walk-in traffic but we are making appointments. Please call ahead and thank you for your patience and understanding. Masks are required to enter the building.
Please note: a secure drop box is now in place on the porch of the Town Hall for the safe depositing of voted ballots.
General Election 11/3/2020, view sample ballot here: Sample Ballot Nov 2020
Schedule for deposit of early voter ballots into the vote tabulator
Through a directive issued by the Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos, the Board of Civil Authority for the Municipality of Pawlet will open and process early voted/absentee ballots through the vote tabulator machine starting at 11:00 AM at the Town Municipal Building located at 122 School Street, Pawlet, Vermont, on the following dates:
• Tuesday, October 6, 2020
• Tuesday, October 13, 2020
• Tuesday, October 20, 2020
• Tuesday, October 27, 2020
• Monday, November 2, 2020
As per Title 17 V.S.A. §2546a and the July 20,2020 directives from Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos:
• Ballot Processing. Local Election Officials may process ballots returned by mail or voted in the Clerk’s office through the tabulator or into a secure ballot box during the 30 days preceding election.
• At a minimum, ballots shall be processed in the presence of at least two election officials who, if possible, shall be from different parties.
• The process shall be conducted in accordance with guidance issued in conjunction with the Directive by the Secretary of State’s Office.
• The process shall be conducted during normal business hours if practicable or, if conducting the process at a time other than normal business hours or at a time when your office is closed due to COVID-19, notice of the date(s), time(s), and location of the processing shall be posted at the Clerk’s office and two other public places at least three days in advance.
• Any member of the public requesting to observe the process shall be provided an opportunity to do so. Upon request of a member of the public to observe the process, if in-person observation by members of the public is not possible due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the process may be live-streamed in some manner to allow for remote viewing or may be recorded and the recording provided to those who request it for viewing.
• Pursuant to this Directive, strict chain of custody procedures regarding voted ballots, ballot boxes, and tabulators shall be issued by the Secretary of State for conducting this process.
General Election 11/3/2020 Early Voting: All voters should have have received their General Election Ballots by October 7, 2020. If you have not received yours and want to vote, please contact our office at 802-325-3309. We have ballots that have been returned for various reasons such as an address that had changed within the town but we had not been notified of that change. The Postal Service has a directive that ballots cannot be forwarded. We are doing our best to get these ballots back out as soon as we can. A secure drop box is now in place on the porch of the Town Hall for the safe depositing of voted ballots anytime. Ballots can also be dropped off at the office during regular business hours; we will personally meet you at the door. Just knock or ring the bell (we do sanitize it).
Tuesday, October 6, we ran 93 ballots through the tabulator. They are counted but not yet tabulated. That will happen at the close of polls on November 3, 2020. Our tabulator is completely offline so there is no possible way for any ballot information to be “leaked” out. The post offices are working efficiently, and the ballots are coming in within a day or two of being mailed.
If you prefer to vote in person, you are not required to mark the early absentee ballot, however you may mark your ballot, bring it to the polls and run the voted ballot into the tabulator and avoid spending any more time in the polling place than necessary. If you were sent a ballot in the mail but you come to the polls without it, you will be asked to sign and date an Affidavit of No Ballot Cast.
Polling will be open on November 3, 2020 at the Pawlet Town Hall from 9:00 AM till 7:00 PM. Masks and social distancing are required to enter the polling place. We will limit the number of voters in the building at any one time; however, we will have outdoor voting spaces set up and voting from your vehicle is also an option.
We ran a successful and healthy Primary Election and we intend to do the same for the General Election. Please be patient, kind and respectful as we all work towards another safe and healthy election. Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk, 802-325-3309 x1, email@example.com
Pawlet Town Clerk: Assessor’s Office: Treasurer: (802) 325-3309
Pawlet Town Clerk Office Hours:
Monday—9 AM – 4 PM
Tuesday—9 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday—9 AM – 4 PM
Thursday—9 AM – 12 PM
Town Clerk Tid-Bits, August 2020:
- From John Fay, Permit Specialist, Environmental Assistance Office in response to Airbnb questions he has received lately: Renting out an Airbnb or other short term rental can trigger state oversight from Health, Fire Safety, Tax, and Environmental departments. The situation is fluid, pending changes from the Legislature. In the meantime, if you rent out a room or space for sleeping accommodations, your facility is considered a public building and is subject to fire safety requirements. Contact Fire Safety at 802-885-8883. You will need to collect state meals and rooms tax https://tax.vermont.gov/business-and-corp/meals-and-rooms-tax/short-term-rentals. If you are serving any food other than pre-packaged, you will need a food and lodging license http://www.healthvermont.gov/health-environment/food-lodging/lodging-licensing Contact Gordon.Lodewyck@vermont.gov or 802-296-5562. If you have 3 or more units, you will need a food and lodging license, same links as above. If you have only 1 or 2 units: (1) You must post a Vermont Meals and Rooms Tax account number on any advertisement; (2) You should complete and keep on-site a self-certification form prior to renting a unit http://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/ENV_FL_ShortTermRentalObligations.pdf You must post certain information in the units (see the self-certification form). If you are effectively creating a new bedroom or an apartment, you will need a Wastewater permit as well. Contact a Licensed Designer https://dec.vermont.gov/water/licensed-designers (look down the page for “Finding a Designer”) As always, contact your town office to see if there are any local requirements. And be sure to register with the Secretary of State https://www.sec.state.vt.us/corporationsbusiness-services/business-onprofit-services/start-a-vermont-business.aspx if necessary.
Act 46-Vital Records Law Effective 7/1/2019
Act 46 enhances the security of birth and death certificates, provides better protection against misuse of these legal documents, and reduces the risk of identity theft. Certified copies may be obtained at any Vermont Town or City Clerk’s Office or online at: secure.vermont.gov/VSARA/vitalrecords.
- Only family members, legal guardians, certain court-appointed parties or their legal representatives can apply for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate. For death certificates, a funeral home or crematorium may apply for a certified copy.
- Applicants must show valid identification when applying for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate.
- Certified copies of birth and death certificates can be ordered from any town in Vermont.
- Nothing will change when it comes to ordering copies of marriage, civil union, divorce or dissolution certificates, but there will be minor changes to what you need to do to obtain a marriage license.
Vermont recording fees to increase as of July 1, 2019
Summary of Vermont Recording Fee Changes per H.526 (approved by VT Legislature 2019 session)
32 V.S.A. §1671, effective July 1, 2019
Document recording fees
PTTR (Property transfer tax return)
Survey plat recording fees
Certified copy of records (no change)
Examination of records (vault time)
* Documents include all items recorded in the land records (deeds, mortgages, assignments, liens, releases, permits)
* Multiple assignments or releases included on one document are charged $15/assignment or release.
2019 Unclaimed Property Report: The Vermont State Treasurer list includes over 1,200 individual instances of unclaimed property just for Pawlet; several cases involve more than $100-$200 in unclaimed property. To view the list and learn how to pursue a claim, visit: https://www.vermonttreasurer.gov/content/unclaimed-property. The list is also posted at the Town Hall bulletin board.
Pawlet Town Clerk: Deb Hawkins
Assistant Town Clerk: Sue LaPorte
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Thursday, 9 AM – 12 PM. Closed Friday.
Note: The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on September 30.
Location: 122 School St., Pawlet, VT 05761
Mail: PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT 05761
Phone: 802-325-3309 extension 1
All records in the town office are open for public view during business hours.
The Town Clerk’s Office is responsible for:
- Administering all local and state elections
- Recording of land records & town proceedings
- Filing and indexing of all births, deaths & marriages (vital records)
- Filing and indexing liens, surveys and an assortment of other documents
- Issuing dog licenses and motor vehicle re-registrations
- Voter registration
- Notarizing documents
- Preservation and restoration of land records and vital records
- Transfer Station Solid Waste ticket sales
- Issuing Green Mountain Passports
Town Clerk Tid-Bits, by Deb Hawkins
Four Easy Ways to Get Your Vermont Income Tax Forms from the Vermont Department of Taxes:
- Download fillable PDF forms from the web http://tax.vermont.gov/tax-forms-and-publications; free, unlimited downloads!
- Order forms online http://tax.vermont.gov/form-request
- Order forms by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Order forms by phone 802-828-2515 or (toll free) 855-297-5600
When you order, provide the following: your name, mailing address, daytime phone, form name or form number, and quantity of each form.
Note: There is a fee when ordering more than 5 forms or income tax return booklets.
For a faster refund, e-file your taxes!
For information on free e-filing and tax assistance for qualified taxpayers, visit www.tax.vermont.gov.
Auto registration renewals can be done by the Town Clerk for a fee of $3.00, if it is not more than two months past due. You must have a check made payable to Department of Motor Vehicles for the amount of the registration renewal. Cash cannot be accepted for a registration renewal; however, the fee to the town may be by check or cash. Note that if you are currently a registered voter, it is not necessary to fill out the Voter Registration portion of your Vermont Driver’s License Renewal.
Green Mountain Passports are available to qualified applicants for $2.00 each. Information is available in the Town Clerk’s Office.
Civil Marriage Licenses are $60.00 and once issued are good for 60 days. Applying for a civil marriage license is not an issued license. A license will be prepared by the Town Clerk once the application is submitted. Residents of Vermont must apply in the town that one or the other applicant resides. Out of state applicants may apply to any town in Vermont. Please note that ALL marriages in the State of Vermont are Civil Marriages.
Dog Licenses: Vermont law requires all dogs over 6 months old to be licensed with the town clerk. Owners must present a current rabies certificate to the town clerk by April 1 each year. If the dog has been spayed or neutered, the certificate for that must also be presented to pay a reduced license fee. Before April 1 the fee for spayed/neutered dogs is $10 and $14 for dogs that have not been spayed/neutered. After April 1 the fees increase to $14 and $20, respectively. VSA Title 20 §3621 states “the legislative body of a municipality may at any time issue a warrant to one or more police officers, or constables, or pound keepers, directing them to proceed forthwith to destroy in a humane way or cause to be destroyed in a humane way all dogs or wolf hybrids within the town or city not licensed …”
E-mail notices: Anyone wishing to receive e-mails from this office regarding elections, office closures, deadlines for dog licenses, voter registration, absentee ballot requests and special notices should e-mail Deb Hawkins at email@example.com; please put “add me to e-mail list” in the subject line.