#childsafety | Franklin Town Clerk Resigns, Citing Election Issues

FRANKLIN, MA — Franklin’s Town Clerk announced she will be stepping down on Friday, following a difficult primary election in Massachusetts’s fourth congressional district. Teresa Burr’s last day in office will be Sept. 18, according to her letter of resignation.

“I am resigning to reestablish confidence with the voters of this community on their elections,” Burr wrote. “After the events of the past three months, this election season has been the most challenging election cycle of my career. I fully support our Town Clerk office staff and election workers to take my place and lead this community through future elections.

She went on to say that all shortfalls in her performance over the past few months were unintentional, and she never “conspired to deprive any voter of their ability to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted as part of an election.”

Burr’s resignation comes after Sept. 1’s Democratic primary race for Joe Kennedy’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives was too close to call for several days, when several towns failed to report vote totals in the race on Election Day. Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin then sought a court order to let counting continue after Election Day.

More than two days later, Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss was declared the winner by a margin of just 1.3 percent.

It’s unclear if this incident directly impacted Burr’s decision to resign.

Thomas Mercer, the chair of the Franklin Town Council, said in a statement that he wished Burr and her family all the best, and thanked her for her years of service to the town.

“I want to assure the voters of Franklin that our current Town Clerk office staff, in conjunction

with assistance from the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s team, will conduct a flawless
election in November and beyond,” Mercer said. “While the events of the past two weeks have certainly caused some concern in town, I am confident in the ability of the Town Clerk office staff, our election workers, and collective town staff to support them as they work tirelessly toward November.”

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