Deerfield missed deadline  to add selectman vote to ballot

Hoped for it to be voted on as part of June 25 election

DEERFIELD — The town has missed the deadline to piggyback a town election onto the special state election on June 25 to fill resigning Selectman Elizabeth Clarke’s seat.

The selectmen had to file notice with the Town Clerk’s Office by April 22, according to state law.

Clarke announced her resignation on April 18, citing demands of her personal life and the job. Her last day will be today. Clarke served two years of her three-year term that will be up in 2014.

Though Clarke gave her resignation letter to the town clerk last week, the selectmen did not notify the clerk that they were calling a special election.

Clarke said she will contact the Secretary of State’s Office to see if there can be an exception.

According to state law, the selectmen may decide if they want to hold a special election or wait until the following annual election unless the board is petitioned by 200 voters.

The selectmen hoped to hold a special election on June 25 on the state’s special Senate election to save money. An election can cost between $3,000 and $4,000, which covers the printing of ballots, notices and pay for election workers.

Town Clerk Mary Stokarski said state law requires there to be 51 days before an election date for people to obtain nomination papers. And the last day to file papers would have to be 35 days before the election date. The selectmen have to sign and post an election warrant 14 days before the date.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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