HUNTINGTON – The Town of Huntington Annual Town Election is this coming Saturday, May 16 at Stanton Hall. The polls will be open to vote in-person from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Town Clerk Linda Hamlin said only three voters will be allowed in the building at one time. “We expect all in-person voters to bring and wear a face mask and gloves to protect other voters and the election workers. All election workers will be wearing masks and gloves to protect voters,” she said, asking people to “please plan to be patient.”
Hamlin said she hopes that most voters will have voted early by mail as available with the temporarily expanded COVID-19 Early and Absentee Voter rules. Ballot Applications have been available on the town website at huntingtonma.us or at the Town Hall since late March, and no ballots can be sent out without completed signed and dated applications.
Applications are currently available in a box at the door to Town Hall at the top of the ramp, along with a slot to drop them off. Early Ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. and Absentee Ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. (close of polls). Email [email protected] or call 413-512-5209 and leave a message with any questions.
There are no contested elections in Huntington this year. Returning selectman Karon Hathaway is running unopposed for a three-year post, and new candidate Roger Booth has put in his name to complete the two years remaining on Darlene McVeigh’s seat, who has moved out of town.
Selectmen Chair Edward Renauld, who is not up for reelection this year, is running a write-in campaign for a one-year term on the School Committee, according to Hamlin, also to complete McVeigh’s term.
Linda Siska is also running a write-in campaign for a three-year term as Library Trustee.
Hamlin, who was appointed when former Town Clerk Kathy Thomas moved last fall, is running for a one-year term as Town Clerk.