Complaint is addresses look like handiwork of same person
The Board of Registrars will meet on Friday morning to decide whether to take up discussion of a complaint filed by Vince O'Connor and Mary Wentworth regarding signatures collected on the nomination papers for School Committee candidate Phoebe Hazzard.
Ms Hazzard took out her papers only an hour-and-a-half before filing deadline, and then returned them 15 minutes before the drop dead deadline with 65 signatures.
The Town Clerk did disallow 7 of the signatures because the name did not match up with the address or were illegible, but did certify 58 which is 8 more than required for placement on the ballot.
The Board of Registrars met within 48 hours (February 12th) of the February 10th nomination deadline to certify the results and choose the order of appearance for candidates on the official ballot.
Hand delivered to Board of Registrars 35 minutes past deadline
A challenge to any nomination irregularity is supposed to be filed within 48 hours. Mr. O'Connor and Ms. Wentworth missed that deadline by 35 minutes, so the Town Clerk originally denied taking up the appeal with the Board of Registrars.
Mr. O'Connor did not take too kindly to that, so now the Town Clerk has called another meeting of the Board of Registrars, but their only decision on Friday will be whether to hear an appeal or not.
If they decide the 48 hour deadline does not apply then they will set another date to discuss the merits of the appeal.
Should enough signatures (9) be disqualified, Ms. Hazzard's name will not appear on the ballot for School Committee and that open seat will be filled by write ins.
There are two open Amherst School Committee seats and originally three candidates filed their papers by deadline. Incumbent Lawrence O'Brien withdrew before the 48 hour time limit leaving Vira Douangmany as the only guaranteed winner at the moment.