In-person voting for the state primary is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Hull High School, 180 Main St. In-person early voting is also an option under the recently passed VOTES Act, as is voting by mail-in ballot.
Following an update by Town Clerk Lori West this week, the select board signed the warrant for the state primary.
Key races include governor and lieutenant governor, following an earlier announcement that Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito will not seek a third term. Other races include attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, and auditor, as well as Representative in Congress for the eighth district, governor’s councilor for the fourth district, state Senator for the Norfolk and Plymouth districts, state Representative for the Third Plymouth District, Plymouth County district attorney, sheriff, and county commissioner.
The select board approved the following early voting hours for the state primary at Hull Town Hall, 253 Atlantic Ave., which coincide with the public hours of the town clerk’s office:
* Saturday, Aug. 27 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Monday, Aug. 29 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
* Tuesday, Aug. 30 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, Aug. 31 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
* Thursday, Sept. 1 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Early voting has been very successful in past years,” West said.
West explained that on June 22, an election reform law titled The VOTES Act was signed into law in Massachusetts. This law includes a change in who is responsible for assigning police officers at polling places, which is now the Select Board’s responsibility.
At West’s request, the board delegated this authority to Hull Police Chief John Dunn in consultation with the town’s election officers and registrars.
The designated police officers will be present at the polling location on the day of the state primary “to preserve order and to protect the election officers and supervisors from any interference with their duties and to aid in enforcing the laws relating to elections,” according to the motion approved by the board.
The board also approved the appointment of the following 17 state election workers: Kathleen Bell, Cyrille Donlan, AnnMarie Dunn, Jean Fisher, Cheryl Grey, Marie Niland, Alan McCall, Cindy Magnoli, Jennifer Olivieri, Diane Sandonato, Mary Ferrara, Kathleen Dunn, Dorothy Resnick, Gail Whitcomb-Richman, Jeri Sullivan, Dena Tompkins, and Tim Dunn.
Prior to the vote, Select Board member Irwin Nesoff said his concern “is that we appoint people who agree that the last presidential election was decided fairly, who believe in the sanctity of our elections, and who believe in principle that Joseph Biden was fairly elected as [President of the United States].”
“All I will say is that each and every one of our poll workers is sworn in and is intelligent, hardworking, and committed to this town in ensuring that each and every town meeting and election is run smoothly and efficiently,” West said. “I’m extremely proud of this team that I have built over seven years. They are exceptional, and the town is fortunate to have them.”
Select Board Chair Jennifer Constable noted that doubt about “the integrity of our elections has never been brought to the attention of this board.”
Nesoff agreed that past elections have gone “smoothly,” but he was seeking assurances related to his earlier comments.
Select Board members Greg Grey and Domenico Sestito were not present at Wednesday’s meeting.
For more information about the election, including sample ballots and registration information, citizens may visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.VoteInMA.com.