A happy Helen Berg at Select Board meeting 3/31
At tonight's Select Board meeting during the 6:30 p.m. "public comment" period former (or maybe not) Select Board candidate Helen Berg confirmed she has contacted the ACLU and Attorney General regarding her complaint about ballot placement.
Berg, who came in a distant 3rd at the annual Town Election last week, complained to town officials when her name appeared 3rd of the 4 Select Board candidates. Berg insisted she should be 1st as state statute says non-incumbents (in this case all four candidates) should be placed on the ballot alphabetically.
Town officials did throw out those ballots and arranged a do-over drawing of names because the original meeting of the Board of Registrars was not properly posted. But they continued to use the traditional method of randomly drawing names from a hat rather than using the state method, which would have place Berg in the top position.
Either way the two top vote getters enjoyed a more than four-to-one margin of victory. Berg will have a hard time convincing a judge that placement on the ballot alone cause such a dramatic thrashing. Although, judges are known to be sticklers when it comes to rule of law.
Another town election would cost taxpayers $12,000.
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