The boards for the three towns were able to move the elections to the new date thanks to recent legislation that passed giving towns this power if local town voting occurs within 30 days of the April 30th primary.
The primary reason given for the changes by the towns was savings. “The Norfolk Selectman and I all agree this is the best use of resources and will allow for the greatest level of voter participation,” says Shawn Dooley, town administrator for Norfolk. “This will save the town roughly $4,000. It will also move Town Meeting up a week to May 7th.”
Anyone interested in running for positions within their respective towns still have an opportunity to pull nomination papers. The deadline to return nominations papers are now March 12th. The actual Senate election is scheduled for June 25th.