Northfield officials concerned about narrow window to receive mail-in ballots for Tuesday’s election

Staff Writer
Published: 7/24/2020 1:45:05 PM

NORTHFIELD — Town officials have expressed concerns about being able to collect mail-in ballots in time for Tuesday’s annual town election deadline.

Earlier this month, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill that allows all registered voters in Massachusetts the option to vote by mail in the state primary and general elections this September and November, respectively. Previously, residents could only cast ballots by mail if absences, a physical disability or religious beliefs prevented them from voting at their polling place.

The new arrangement for the fall elections has sparked an interest in mail-in voting locally as well.

“Due to this mailing the state recently sent out, the town clerk is getting back a ton of vote-by-mail requests this week,” Town Coordinator Andrea Llamas said.

Unfortunately, Northfield’s annual town election is set for Tuesday, and Llamas and Town Clerk Dan Campbell said they are concerned residents won’t have time to receive, and then mail back in, their ballots by the 7 p.m. deadline that day. Llamas said the town will also send out an announcement using its reverse 911 system to inform voters who recently requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the town election that they may not receive it in time to return it by mail.

That being the case, Campbell has extended his hours to receive these ballots in person at Town Hall. He will be at Town Hall on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The polls close by law at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, so all ballots must be received by then.

Residents are advised to come to the front door at Town Hall and knock to have someone pick up their ballots. With further questions, call Campbell at 413-498-2901, ext. 112.


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