As Westford's town election day and the special election to fill John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat approach, the town of Westford chose to combine the two elections on Tuesday night.
Originally the town election was scheduled for May 7, one week after the special election.
Although Selectman Bob Jefferies initially almost abstained because he is a candidate for the board in the upcoming election, the vote was ultimately 4-0-0, with Andrea Peraner-Sweet, the other incumbent candidate whose seat is up, not in attendance.
Town Manager Jodi Ross said combining the two dates would save the town $4,000 and Bob Price told the board that it was very difficult to obtain poll workers for one election, let alone two.
On the other side, Alisa Nakashian-Holsberg told the board that five 17-year-olds in town that would have turned 18 in time for the town election will now not have the right to vote in the town election.
The change also eliminates one week of campaigning for candidates, and there is a possibility that the state would reimburse the town for the additional election.
CORRECTION - The final vote was 3-0-1, Jefferies did end up abstaining.
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