WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williamstown annual town election has been moved up to April 30 to coincide with the special state Senate Primary. The Board of Selectmen voted at their Feb. 25 meeting to combine the local election with the primary following a recently passed law giving Massachusetts communities the option to change their town election dates to coincide with the state primary if they fell within 30 days of April 30.
The annual town election was previously scheduled for May 14. The change of date for the town election has necessitated a few changes to town election calendar. The deadline for town office candidates to file their nomination papers with the Board of Registrars will now be Thursday, March 21, and the deadline to register to vote for the town election, annual town meeting and special state primary, if not already registered, and/or change party affiliation is Wednesday, April 10.
The following offices will be on the April 30 town election ballot: one Moderator for a three-year term, two Selectmen for three-year terms, two Elementary School committee members for three-year terms, one Elementary School Committee member for a two-year term, four Library Trustees for three-year terms, one Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School Committee member for a three-year term, and one Planning Board member for a five-year term. Currently nine residents have picked up nomination papers from
Voting will take place at the Williamstown Elementary school gymnasium from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voters will be required to check in at two separate tables at the polls on April 30, receiving their primary ballot from one table and the town election ballot from the other table, but will cast both ballots in the same ballot box after marking their ballots.