Election Information

MUNICIPAL ELECTION POSTPONED

The Municipal Election scheduled for April 3, 2020, is POSTPONED. Below is a synopsis of legislation passed March 19, 2020 to address this and several other issues:

Municipal Budgets & Elections (Part D): In the event that town meetings are postponed, allows municipalities to continue to fund government operations at the same budget levels approved for the previous year and authorizes the municipal treasurer to disburse funds on the authority of the warrant signed by the municipal officers outside of a public meeting. If the budget is not adopted and the assessor(s) need to commit taxes in a timely manner, the law allows the assessor(s) to commit taxes based on the previous year's budget levels. Allows municipal officers to postpone the date of a scheduled municipal secret ballot election by posting notice in a public location at least two days prior to the election and to use previously printed ballots. These provisions apply retroactively to March 1, 2020 and are repealed on Jan. 1, 2021.

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Town of Durham Election Results for March 3, 2020

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Durham's polling location has changed from the Durham Community School to the AMVETS Post #13, 1049 Royalsborough Rd.

The location change is the result of a request from RSU5 to the Town of Durham to hold its smaller turnout elections in a location other than the Durham Community School in order to protect students. During elections, the side door to the school must remain open all day, which means the school is not secured. Large turnout elections will still be held at the DCS, but students will not be in school on those days. Durham has limited facilities to hold elections so the Town studied areas, locations, parking, accessibility, lighting, and multiple other factors. The Town filed a report of these findings with the Secretary of State and the new location was approved.

The new polling location will take effect with the next election, set for Tuesday, March 3. Polling hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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At a Special Town Meeting on December 9, 2019, Durham voters approved proposed changes to the Town's Land Use Ordinance.

About 30 residents attended the meeting at the Durham Community School and passed all five articles on the Warrant. Next steps in the process will be announced in the near future.

To see the Warrant click here.