Citing COVID-19, Orange postpones election

  • Orange Town Hall

Staff Writer
Published: 3/27/2020 2:36:24 PM
Modified: 3/27/2020 2:36:15 PM

ORANGE — The Board of Selectmen voted this week to postpone the upcoming annual town election until June 1 as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.

This postponement is allowed under state legislation passed on Monday as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Polls are scheduled to be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Orange Armory. The final day to register to vote for the election is May 21.

Any voter unable to visit the polls on June 1 due to absence from town during polling hours, physical disability or religious belief can obtain an absentee ballot. Requests must be submitted in writing and must contain the voter’s name and address, the date of the election, and the address the ballot is mailed to. It must also be signed. All absentee ballots requested and received prior to the Selectmen’s March 23 vote will be counted on election day.

The election features three contested races. There are five people vying for two three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen. Incumbent Jane M. Peirce faces competition from John B. Avila, Donna F. Dubour, Richard P. Sheridan, and Thomas J. Smith.

Patrick Clark Davis and Patricia A. Lussier are competing for a two-year position on the board; and Alexandre A. Schwanz and George C.F. Willard are going head to head for a one-year spot.

Reach Domenic Poli at: or
413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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