FRANKLIN, Mass. — The clerk of a Massachusetts town where delays in vote counting held up primary results for days and state officials found 3,000 uncounted mail ballots has resigned.
Teresa Burr, town clerk in the Boston suburb of Franklin, formally submitted her resignation over the weekend. The Secretary of State’s office had said it found the ballots when it intervened.
Burr said her last day would be Friday. She denied any wrongdoing, writing: “I am resigning to reestablish confidence with the voters of this community in their elections.”
The Sept. 1 primary was Massachusetts’ first to allow early voting, and because of the coronavirus pandemic, a record 1 million voters mailed in their ballots – overwhelming a few cities and towns. Burr, Franklin’s clerk for the past five years, called it “the most challenging election cycle in my career.”
Other communities managed to count and tabulate that crush of absentee and mail ballots within 24 hours, but it