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Dates set for special elections

Charlton considers shifting Election Day

February 13, 2011
Last week, the state decreed the 6th Worcester District's special election primaries would be April 12, with the general election May 10.

That gives potential candidates just two weeks — until 5 p.m. March 1 — to file 150 signatures to get on the Democratic, Republican or Green-Rainbow party primary ballots.

That tight time frame is raising concerns among local officials over both funding and the mechanics of running two elections within a few days, or, in two towns, the same day.

According to Charlton Town Administrator Robin Craver, the Finance Committee recently voted to send a letter to the Legislature seeking permission to shift Charlton's town election (now May 7) to May 10. The selectmen are interested, but Town Clerk Darlene Tully (who wasn't available Friday) "wasn't sure doing so would be advantageous" and needs to do some more research, Craver said.

Although she's in the same boat, Oxford Town Clerk Lori Kelley said she doesn't like that idea at all. When she spoke Friday, she was concluding her work to post Oxford's May 17 town election, and the 6th Worcester only affects one of her precincts.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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