Court Decision on Request for Preliminary Injunction to Halt September Election
The Town is pleased to have had a full and fair hearing in Court on Friday and that the Court’s ruling supports the decisions of the Charter Commission, Select Board, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, the Voters of Amherst, Town Meeting of Amherst, State House of Representatives, State Senate, and Governor.
You may view the full court decision by clicking here.
Select Board chair Douglas Slaughter said, “The Judge has confirmed the Town’s efforts to ensure the greatest voter turnout and his decision will guarantee that the election will be the best reflection of the will of the people. Citizens are actively engaged in this important election with candidates running vigorous campaigns and voters educating themselves and receiving absentee ballots. As of today, a number have already voted!”
Slaughter added, “The Town has taken numerous steps to engage the public in general, and students who reside in Town in particular. We feel that the best government is one that is representative of all segments of our population.”
On November 6th, registered voters in Amherst will be electing a 13-member Council for the Town of Amherst - three Councilors-at-Large and ten District Councilors, two from each of five districts. Nomination papers became available on May 1st and were due at 5:00 p.m. on June 29th. Thirty-three candidates returned nomination papers and since there are more than twice as many candidates as seats in all but one district, a preliminary election will be held on September 4th.
Councilors will serve from December 3, 2018 until the first Monday in January, 2022.
The Town has made special outreach to Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to engage students in the electoral process. The Town has a special web page designed especially for college students seeking to learn how and where to vote and a flyer that can be shared with students.
Information on running for office can be found here: amherstma.gov/running
Information specifically for students can be found here: amherstma.gov/collegevote
Information on voting can be found here: amherstma.gov/voting
For Immediate Release: August 6, 2018
Contact: Paul Bockelman, Town Manager