Grafton is mandated by State Law to conduct an annual census. The census forms go out right after January 1st of each year. Residents are urged to review, update, sign and return it to the Town Clerk's office in the envelope provided. Forms can be mailed to the Town Clerk, 30 Providene Road or put into the gold drop box outside the front of the Town Municipal Center. Even if there were no changes we still need the form to be returned. All occupants, including children, should be listed, although information obtained for residents under age 17 remains confidential. A signature is required to make changes for any registered voter, including removal from their Grafton residence.
Any resident who did not receive a census form, or who might need another one, should call Town Clerk's office at 508-839-5335 x1195 or you may downlaod a blank Census Form.
The town census is important for many reasons. First and foremost, it establishes legal residence for voting privleges and town benefits. It is also the vehicle by which annual street lists are printed for distribution to police, fire and medical personnel. It is the census figures that are used to determine grants or to receive state and federal reimbursements and aide. School enrollments are also based on town census.
Completing this form DOES NOT register you as a voter, but failure to answer this annual listing shall result in a voter's name being REMOVED from the active voters list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls (MGL c51,s4).
The census contains a warning (as directed by Mass General Law) that "failure to respond to the census mailing for 2 consecutive years will result in removal from the active voting list". By answering the census you help your community to obtain state and federal funds ans also provide valuable demographic information.
The Annual Street list is published in late summer and is available in the Town Clerk's office for a fee of $10.00.
Please make sure you and your family are counted!
The Federal census, which is different from the Town census, is conducted every ten years. The last federal census was in 2010, so the next Federal census will be conducted in 2020. During that census year, it is important that you complete both the Fedferal census and the Town census as the information provided on each is used for different data collection.
If you have any questions concerning either the Town or Federal Census, please contact The Town Clerk's office at 508-839-5335 ext 1195.