Chesterfield plans for drive-thru voting

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Editor's Note: This article was edited for clarity on June 4.

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. — The town's coronavirus-delayed annual Town Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, with a discussion of warrant articles.

But this year's meeting, which was first scheduled for March 10, will not happen in person. This year, folks are being asked to participate from home in a virtual Town Meeting. Information on how to participate will be available at the town website under the calendar tab.

Voting on the warrant articles on the town ballot, which is also available at the town website, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m Saturday, June 13, at the town Highway Garage. Voters will be asked to remain in their cars where their voting status will be checked and they will be given a ballot to fill out. Voters are asked to bring their own pens.

Items voters will be asked to weigh in on include the Selectmen's budget of $3,928,983, $361,150 for road repairs, $220,000 for a new truck for the Highway Department, and $36,500 for a new police cruiser. An article presented via petition asks voters to urge state and federal elected representatives "to enact carbon-pricing legislation to protect New Hampshire from the rising costs and risks of continued climate inaction."

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School warrant vote this Saturday

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On Friday, at 5 p.m., the School Board will hold a virtual meeting to consider questions and comments received during a virtual meeting that was held on Tuesday. Register for the Friday meeting by visiting Zoom.

All documents pertaining to the Chesterfield School District Meeting are available on the Chesterfield School website and hard copies are also available at the Chesterfield School on a table outside of the school between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Drive-through voting will be held at the Town Office starting at 2 p.m. Voters with last names beginning with A through M are asked to enter the school driveway and remain in their vehicles. Voters with last names beginning with N through Z are asked to enter the Town Office driveway from the office end and proceed along the outside perimeter toward the school drop off walkway and remain in their vehicles.

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At the first stop, voters will display their licenses against their window to facilitate check-in. The individual handling the checklist will verify they are registered to vote and place a card indicating how many voters are in the vehicle.

The vehicle will then proceed to the second stop and voters will be provided with ballots. Voters are asked to bring their own writing implements.

The vehicle will then proceed to the next stop, where ballots will be cast. Balloting will close no earlier than 4 p.m.

Bob Audette can be contacted at raudette@reformer.com.


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