Seven of 10 precincts in Natick are short on residents running for Town Meeting seats this election, according to Town Clerk Diane Packer. Only precincts four and nine will have contested races on the March 27 town election day. Only precinct 6 has the 18 names to fill the ballot. Precinct 2 has the lowest number of candidates, at just 11.
On election day, any residents who wish to run for Town Meeting that did not previously submit application papers to Town Hall, can encourage neighbors to add them as a write-in candidate. Registered voters who receive the most votes from residents in his or her precinct will be elected to vacant seats. Previously, 10 write-ins were necessary to be elected, which is no longer the case. The maximum number of people that can be elected in each precinct is 18.
There is also no candidate running for the Recreation & Parks Commission.
The following are the number of candidates who have filed in each precinct:
- Precinct 1: 12
- Precinct 2: 11
- Precinct 3: 17
- Precinct 4: 21
- Precinct 5: 17
- Precinct 6: 18
- Precinct 7: 16
- Precinct 8: 13
- Precinct 9: 20
- Precinct 10: 16
For more information on the process, contact Town Clerk Diane Packer at (508) 647-6432. Packer asks those who are considering asking neighbors for write-in votes to please notify her office.