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Greenfield changes  dates of town elections

GREENFIELD — Town Council has voted to change the dates of this year’s preliminary and annual town elections to coincide with the special election to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry, who has has become President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

Town Clerk Maureen Winseck said if the town needs a preliminary election, it will be held April 30.

That means, nomination papers will now be due on March 12, she said.

The town election will be held June 25.

Winseck said the town will hold two separate elections at the same time.

“There will be two different ballots and we’ll have to hire more poll workers,” she said.

Winseck said it will cost the town about $5,000 more than the typical $10,000 to $12,000 it costs to hold an election, but town clerks across the state are looking to the state to reimburse them for the cost of the senatorial election.

“The state would reimburse us if we had to hold a special election at a different time than our own election,” said Winseck.

She said what will complicate matters even more this year is that the town will have to find a polling place other than the high school, because construction of the new high school is expected to begin at the end of this school year and the parking lot will be closed.

Winseck said there will soon be an announcement about where the polls will be located this year.

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