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Many Mass. towns opt for voting on primary day


BOSTON (AP) - Dozens of Massachusetts towns have changed the dates of their town elections to coincide with the April 30 primary for the U.S. Senate.

Secretary of State William Galvin said Monday that towns still seeking to make the change have until March 26 to do so, with approval from their boards of selectmen or town councils.

Galvin says towns can save money by holding their normal spring municipal elections on the same day as the Senate primary. But they must have separate voting lists for the two elections and voters aren't required to participate in both.

Galvin says 60 towns have made the change so far.

Towns can also switch to June 25 - the date of the special Senate election - if their elections are currently scheduled within 30 days before or after that date.