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FRAMINGHAM – Tuesday, January 11 is a special election to elect a District 3 City Councilor in the City of Framingham.

The two candidates are Adam Steiner and Mary Kate Feeney.

Polls will be open at Brophy Elementary School from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for registered voters in Precincts 4 and &, that comprise District 3.

Mary Kate Feeney, grew up in Framingham and attended St. Bridget School. She is a small business owner in Framingham. She ran the campaign for Framingham to become a City. She is the current vice chair of the City’s Strategic Initiatives and Financial Oversight Committee. Feeney worked for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, as Director of Online Media. She also served as Communications Manager for the Massachusetts Officer of Travel & Tourism. She is a Board Member for the Framingham Business Association & Framingham FORCE.

Adam Steiner is employed as the Director of Technology for the Maynard Public Schools. He has been the City Councilor in District 3 since Framingham became a City on January 1, 2018. He told a local cable access talk show host his first foray into politics was when he was treasurer at Framingham North High School. Steiner was chair of the Council’s finance subcommittee. He served on the City’s Marijuana Task Force. Steiner was an intern for Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, during his college days, and after graduation he worked for Rep. Martin T. (Marty) Meehan.

SOURCE did an intensive Q&A with both candidates before the November election.

Read Steiner’s Q&A here.

Read Feeney’s Q&A here.

Election day weather is forecasted to be sunny, but very very cold.

High temperature is forecasted for 12 degrees. Wind chill could be as low as minus 15 degrees.

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The following is a Q&A with City Clerk Lisa Ferguson on the special election

Q: Which voter are eligible to participate in the Special City Election on Tuesday, January 11,

A: Only registered voters in District 3 (Precincts 4 & 7) can vote in the Special City Election on Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Q: What is the deadline to return vote by mail/absentee ballots?

A: In order for a ballot to be counted on January 11, 2022, the ballot has to be received by 8 p.m. on January 11, 2022. A postmark is NOT sufficient.

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Q: How can a ballot be returned?

A: Voters can return their ballot:

Not recommended at this time due to the election date being so close. First class mail delivery standards are 3-5 business days

You may return your vote by mail ballot in-person to the City Clerk’s Office, 150 Concord Street, Room #105. Ballots MUST be returned no later than 8 p.m.., Tuesday, January 11 , 2022

Ballots can be dropped off in the secure official election drop boxes located in the rear of the Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street and at the McAuliffe Branch Library, 746 Water Street. Ballots MUST be dropped off no later than 8 p.m.., Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

REMINDER: Vote by mail/absentee ballots CANNOT be returned at polling locations on Election Day!

Q: What is the deadline to vote absentee in person?

‘A: The deadline to apply to vote absentee in person is noon on Monday, January 10, 2022.   A voter must submit their absentee ballot application by noon on Monday but can arrange to vote after noon on January 10, 2022. 

Q: How can I vote in person?

A: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.The polling location is Brophy School, 575 Pleasant Street (voting in the gym).

Voters who requested and did not receive their ballot or who did not return their mail in ballot may vote in person at their polling place on Election Day.
 Voters do not need to bring their unvoted ballots to their polling place in order to vote in person.

Q: Are masks required to vote?

A: Although masks are currently not mandated, it is strongly recommended for all persons in a polling place including voters and poll workers to wear a mask.

Q: What happens if I tested positive for COVID and cannot vote in person?

A: Call the City Clerk’s Office for details on how to vote by absentee at 508-532-5521.


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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.