FRAMINGHAM – After hand counting more than 11,000 votes, the Clerk’s office confirmed that the Town of Framingham will become the City of Framingham in 2018.
A recount of the April 4 vote that changed Framingham from a Town to the City of Framingham was held today in Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building.
After the April 4 election, the City ballot question passed by 108 votes.
After the recount, the City ballot question passed by 112 votes.
Members of the group Not This Charter submitted signatures required for a recount earlier this month, and Framingham Assistant Town Clerk Lisa Ferguson certified the signatures. To have a recount, 10 signatures of registered voters from each of the town’s 18 Precincts was required within 10 days of the election. Norma Shulman submitted signatures on Monday and again on Tuesday, April 12.
On April 4, voters passed a ballot question passed by 108 votes – 5,690 voted for a city and 5,582 wanted to stay a town.
The new vote was 5,695 to 5,583.
“We hope that today helps bring closure to those concerned about change. It is now our responsibility as a community to come together and embrace the will of the people to ensure a smooth transition. We need to work together to ensure the promise of the Charter — a more open, transparent, ethical and participatory local government — is fully realized to all of our benefit,” said Framingham First Chair Mary Kate Feeney.
With the recount confirmed, Framingham will hold elections in November for mayor, the 11-member City Council, and a new 9-member School Committee. Depending on the number of candidates who pull papers after May 1 and return them with the required signatures, there may be a need for a primary election in September.