Cost of Municipal Preliminary Elections

Barry Rafkind filed this request with the Election Department of Somerville, MA.


From: Barry Rafkind

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.4, €7, clause 26th, I hereby request the following records:

The comprehensive cost of each municipal preliminary election from 2001 to 2009.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Barry Rafkind
Filed via
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Daytime: (857) 488- 3081

From: Election Department

Via telephone: Each municipal election costs $65,450.

From: Election Department

Via telephone: $65,450

From: Election Department


Would the person who made the following request please phone the Somerville Election Department 617-625-6600 ext. 4200 for purposes of clarifying this request.

Thank you,

Nicholas P. Salerno
Election Commissioner


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