March 24 2020

Burlington Town Election Postponed to June 6 Pending State Approval

By: Rich Hosford

The new date of Burlington’s Town Election, barring any additional delays needed by a future state of emergency, has been set for June. 


The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on Friday night, on the recommendation of Town Clerk Amy Warfield, to set the date of the Town Election for June 6 and to approve two methods for town counsel to get this accomplished. 


As explained by Town Administrator Paul Sagarino, postponing an election must be approved at the state level and because many towns are looking to postpone during the COVID-19 outbreak, there is special legislation that has been put before Governor Charlie Baker to allow postponements en mass. If he signs that legislation, as many believe he will, then Burlington will take advantage of it for its election. If the legislation is not signed, or not signed on time, then the vote by the board on Monday also gives town counsel the authority to pursue the postponement in the traditional way in the state courts. 


In Burlington the only town-wide seats contested on the two School Committee seats open. Incumbent Stephen Nelson is vying for reelection and challengers Katherine Bond, Adam Senesi and Carl Foss are running to fill the seats. Kristin Russo did not seek reelection. You can see all of our election coverage, including a debate among the School Committee candidates, at our BNEWS Election Center


When an election is postponed the current elected officials stay in their seat until a new election is held, Town Clerk Warfield said.  


Finally, Warfield said residents have the option of voting absentee. Applications for absentee ballots can be found on the town website or by mail by writing to Burlington Town Clerk, 29 Center Street Burlington, Massachusetts 01803. Technically state law says that absentee voting can only be done by someone who will not be in town, has a physical disability or has a religious reason they cannot participate that day. However, Warfield said a concern over health, especially during this time, is sufficient. 


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