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Over Dozen WMass Towns Move Local Elections to April

VoteBOSTON (WGGB) – More than five dozen towns have taken advantage of a new law passed earlier this year that permits them to hold town elections the same day as the special primary election – a move that could save money.

Mass. Secretary of State William Galvin’s office says that so far, over 60 towns across the state have decided to hold their town elections on April 30, the same day as the party primaries for the Senate seat left vacant by now U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The move can be done by a vote of a board of selectmen or town council, and any other town wishing to move their town election to April has until March 26 to make that change.

“Having both elections on the same day offers communities some savings in election costs,” Galvin notes.

Voters will not be required to vote in both elections when they get to the polling place and municipalities holding both elections on the same day will be required to maintain two separate voting lists, but machines can be programmed to read ballots from both contests.

Towns holding town elections within 30 days before or after the June 25 Special Senate Election can also move their local race to the June date as well.

The western Mass. Towns that have voted for and opted for the April date include:

  • Buckland
  • Colrain
  • Dalton
  • Goshen
  • Granby
  • Granville
  • Greenfield
  • Hampden
  • Heath
  • Lee
  • Lenox
  • North Adams
  • Richmond
  • Shelburne
  • Warwick
  • Williamstown