Temple to vote in March after all

  • The Temple Village Green Committee beautifies Temple's public green spaces. Sept. 15, 2020. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/9/2021 7:37:58 AM

Temple residents are now scheduled to vote on ConVal’s warrant and elect town officials on March 9, a reversal of the Select Board’s unanimous vote last Monday to postpone voting until June out of concerns for COVID-19.

The Board reversed course at a meeting on Friday after the town’s legal counsel determined the town did actually have to vote on the school district’s warrant in March. All of the other eight towns in the ConVal School District opted to keep to the March 9 voting date prior to Temple’s decision.

Although Temple could have continued to postpone local elections until June, Select Board Chair Ken Caisse said he thought it made more sense to just do it all in March. “If it was to have a vote just for the School Board, we wouldn’t have any kind of turnout,” he said. The decision to hold the vote for town officials in March passed two to one, with Select Board member Bill Ezell objecting, Caisse said.

That means that Temple’s Town Meeting will technically begin on March 9, Caisse said, although the second part, where residents can deliberate and vote on the budget and warrant, remaining postponed until Saturday, June 12.

Voting on March 9 will be handled the same way other elections have been handled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Caisse said, and that the Town Moderator and Town Clerk were confident the town could conduct a vote safely, as they’d done before. “Absentee ballots are always an option,” he said. 

Temple’s budget hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11.


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