Williamstown Encouraging Voters to Obtain Mail-In Ballots
The Williamstown Select Board on Monday discussed the possibility of cutting back on polling hours for the annual town election that already has been postponed to June in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And town officials strongly advised voters to take advantage of the mail-in voting already under way.
Town Clerks Mary Kennedy and Nicole Pedercini addressed the board at its twice-monthly virtual meeting to talk about the adjustments being made for the now June 23 election day.
Kennedy said the town has arranged to install plastic shields at the polling station at Williamstown Elementary School to protect poll workers. And the town is in the process of procuring facemasks for its workers.
But one concern is finding workers willing to staff the election if the novel coronavirus still is a threat.
Normally, the town runs two shifts of 12 workers apiece over the course of election days, which traditionally run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kennedy, who is set to retire in May, and Pedercini, Kennedy's successor, said they are concerned about whether they will be able to get commitments from 24 workers.
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