Friday, May 5, 2006
Three vie for two seats on Board of Selectmen
Don Rober is running as a write-in candidate for the Board of Selectmen, having missed the deadline to have his name placed on next Tuesday's ballot. See page 5 for a statement by Rober, who is currently serving on the town's Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee. He joins Alan Carpenito and incumbent Doug Stevenson in a three-way race for two openings on the Board of Selectmen. For candidate statements by Stevenson, Carpenito, and others, see page 9 of the April 28 Mosquito.
Bruce Hendrickson also missed the ballot deadline and is a write-in candidate running unopposed for re-election to the Board of Assessors.
To vote for a write-in candidate, one must neatly print the candidate's name and address on the ballot in the blank space provided beneath the other candidate(s) for the office in question, and place a check mark beside the name. Town Clerk Charlene Hinton explained that the Federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2001 loosened requirements for write-ins, and votes containing small errors in spelling or the address will now be counted, in order "to respect the intent of the voter to the greatest extent possible."
Those who use absentee ballots can vote the same way for write-in candidates. The deadline for picking up an absentee ballot application is noon on Monday, May 8. They may be turned in anytime prior to the closing of the polls at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9.
On Election Day, candidates and their supporters may hold signs or hand out stickers with their name and address, but at all times must stay at least 150 feet from the door of Town Hall.
© 2006 The