DIGHTON — Town Administrator Mallory Aronstein and Town Clerk Sue Medeiros are pleased to announce that the Town of Dighton successfully hosted a socially-distant town election last weekend in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dighton’s annual town election, hosted on Saturday, June 6 at the Dighton Elementary School had extra social distancing measures in place for the safety of all in attendance and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
To adhere to federal, state and local guidelines and in an effort to promote social distancing, the Town of Dighton implemented several measures to ensure the safety of both the voters and poll workers.
Upon arrival, all voters were given a bag containing a mask, gloves and a pen to mark their votes. During the voting process, voters and poll workers were required to wear gloves and masks at all times.
Booths used by voters were frequently sanitized throughout the day by firefighters, and election workers sat behind plexiglass shields. Upon their exit, voters were required to dispose of their gloves and pen in trash receptacles.
Throughout the day only two people per precinct were allowed in the voting area at a time to allow for social distancing.
At the election, a total of 564 votes were cast. The following are the election results:
Kenneth Pacheco – 388 votes
David Rosa – 165 votes
Gary Scott Dingus – 55 votes (write-In)
Board of Assessors:
Eric Easterday – 330 votes
David Rosa – 202 votes
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee (Vote for 2):
Eliza Couture – 399 votes
Janice Terry – 392 votes
Jeffrey Carvalho – 402 votes
Public Library Trustee:
Ronald O’Connor – 423 votes
Parks and Recreation Commissioner:
Suzanne Cote – 426 votes
Robert Woods Jr. – 399 votes
Dighton Housing Authority:
Alice Souza – 436 votes
The Town of Dighton and Town Clerk’s Office would like to thank everyone who came out and voted on Saturday, and all the poll workers who helped to ensure the voting process went smoothly.
“We are extremely grateful to our residents who cast their votes whether it was via mail or at the polls,” said Town Clerk Medeiros. “To truly be a democracy, our town needs to hear the voices of our residents. Voting in town elections is one of the most important responsibilities a citizen has, and we are extremely proud of everyone who exercised their right to vote and have their voices heard. We would also like to thank everyone who helped to ensure the voting process went off without a hitch and made the day possible.”