By John Anderson

According to Town Clerk Deb Gremo, nomination papers are now available for any resident seeking an elected office in Auburn. The Town Election will be on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 and the following positions are open:

Housing Authority – 1 Seat; Library Trustee – 2 Seats; Town Moderator – 1 Seat; School Committee – 1 Seat; Board of Selectmen – 1 Seat; and Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School – 1 Seat.

Each of Auburn’s five precincts will have 8 Town Meeting Member positions up for election in addition to any seats vacated during the past year due to death or resignation.

Nomination papers must be filed by March 30, 2016. Fifty signatures are required for all offices except Town Meeting which requires 10 signatures from within the candidate’s precinct.

As of 6:30 last night, the only person to pull papers was Dorothy Sutton Kauffman for School Committee.

There are four elections this year, and the first is the Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The deadline to register is February 10, 2016. If you are enrolled in a party (Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow, or United Independent), you can only vote in that primary. Unenrolled voters (formerly known as independents) can vote in the primary of their choice.

Gremo told Auburn Mass Daily that some voters have mistakenly enrolled in the United Independent party due to the old use of “independent.” You can check your status at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

This is the time to speak your voice and vote your choice.