THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
< Back to front page Text size +

Scituate changes town election date to match US Senate vote

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 8, 2013 11:11 AM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Scituate will combine its town elections with the primary for the special election for US Senate, despite the condensed timetable.

According to Scituate Town Clerk Kathleen Curran, the state will require two elections to fill the seat that was vacated when John Kerry became secretary of state. The town will host a state primary on April 30, followed by the general election on June 25.

The timetable made things difficult for Scituate officials, who had their municipal elections scheduled for May 18, meaning three elections in a matter of months.

The state Legislature subsequently passed a bill allowing towns to change the dates of their municipal elections, an option Scituate officials took up this week.

As a result, April 30 will have the Senate primary as well as the local election.

Nomination papers for running for office – which require no less than 100 signatures - are due Feb. 27.

“The big thing is getting nomination papers out and back in to this office in the next two weeks. It’s pretty tight,” Curran said.

Polls will open on April 30 from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m.

According to Curran, nomination papers are available for a number of seats, including town moderator, two selectmen seats, the assessor position, and two School Committee seats.

There will be two separate ballots for on April 30. Voters can choose to vote in either the Senate primary, the municipal elections, or both.

Combining the election will save the town some money, and free up the athletic fields for students, which would otherwise be overtaken by election business. The change will also save on custodial fees, food costs, police details, overtime, and election staff wages.

Voter participation will also hopefully increase with the combined election efforts, Curran said.

Scituate isn’t the only community taking up the opportunity to combine their elections with the state’s. Cohasset and Norwell are also looking to do the same, pending approval by their Board of Selectmen, Curran said.

To find out how to prepare for the election, click here.

List of open seats:

Moderator - 1 year term
Selectmen position – 3 year term
Selectmen position – 3 year term
Assessor – 3 year term
School committee – 3 year term
School committee – 3 year term
Planning board – 3 year term
Planning board – 3 year term
Planning board alternate – 3 year term
Library trustee – 3 year term (vote for two)
Library trustee – 1 year term to fill remainder of term (vote for 1)
Housing authority – 5 year term

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article