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Only Precinct 5 to vote in Greenfield’s preliminary election on Tuesday

GREENFIELD — It is only voters from Precinct 5 who will vote in the preliminary election on Tuesday, which is being held to decide which two of the three Town Council candidates will vie for the precinct seat.

Former Greenfield firefighter John Lyford, local activist Penny Ricketts and Greenfield lawyer Robert Wainstein are the candidates listed on the ballot.

The election, which will be held at the Guiding Star Grange Hall, 401 Chapman St., will cost the town about $4,000. That total includes $500 to rent the hall, $500 to print the ballots, $690 for police coverage for 15 hours and $630 to pay four poll workers at $10.50 an hour, said Town Clerk Deborah Tuttle. She said overtime for her staff will cost the town about $850, and there are other costs being incurred for mailing absentee ballots, posting the warrant and overtime pay for the town’s public works staff to set up and break down the polls.

The preliminary election will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 401 Chapman St. Two candidates will advance to the town’s June annual election.

Precinct 5 includes the Congress Street and Highland Avenue area, High and Hope streets, East Greenfield area, including Montague City Road, and the Maple Street area.

Tuttle said the town is again working with the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to provide public transportation to voters who need it.

At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., a bus will pick people up at the Greenfield Acres “High Rise” on Congress Street who wish to vote. Buses will return voters after they have cast their ballots.

The service is free.

Residents of Greenfield who do not live near the apartment building may call FRTA to arrange transportation to the polls, but must do so by Monday. Call the FRTA at 413-774-2262.

For more information about the election, call the town clerk at 413-772-1555.

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