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UPDATE: 16 Percent Turns Out for Election, Vote Incumbents Back to Board

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10 a.m. The tally so far is 58 voters turned out to Proctor; 62 at Lincoln; 63 at Peaslee; and 120 at Zeh. 

2 p.m. 171 at the Peaslee School

4 p.m. The tally is 182 at Proctor, 186 at Lincoln and 266 at Zeh

5 p.m. Stopping to chat with sign holders at all the voting locations, most repeated the same thing: "It's been slow. Very slow."

Inside, election workers echoed the sentiment, but a check on numbers as compared to last year's town election shows an increase. Maybe a slight increase, but an increase nonetheless.

"We had a lull during the middle of the day, but it started to pick up a little," said Terry Crean, warden at the Lincoln Street School voting precinct. Crean remarked that last year's total (that means the entire vote) was between 175-180.  By 5 p.m. the count was 226 at Lincoln Street.

At the Zeh School, Northborough resident Pat Pfeifer was leaving after casting her vote. She says she votes in every election, regardless of the issues or the candidates.

"I think you need to participate," said Pfiefer. "A lot of people complain but don't show up and do anything. No particular issue brought me out to vote, but my feeling is that I'd like to see a change of players. I think we need to shake it up a bit."

By 5 p.m., the Zeh School was at a 314 count. Doris Crossman, warden, said that last year's total tally was only a little over 100, so 314 at 5 p.m. showed at least somewhat of an increase. Still, she said, "It's very slow. Just terrible." 

By 5 p.m. at the Peaslee School, 301 residents had turned out to vote at that precinct. In 2011, the total votes, at 8 p.m., were 147.

"So we're definitely ahead," said Maureen Walker, clerk. "It's been steady all day. It seems better. It has picked up since 4 p.m."

8:20 p.m. Unofficial results put Jeff Amberson and William Pantazis, incumbents, as winners of the Board of Selectmen race. Amberson led with 893 votes total, with Pantazis at 781, Lisa Maselli with 730 and Howie Stone with 703.

With 10,177 registered voters, 1,633 cast a ballot in the 2012 town election, accounting for 16 percent of the voters.

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Proud Resident of Northborough May 17, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Most, but not all, of the people I talked with did seem to understand the issues in the Selectman race. They felt that the town is in good shape. People felt Stone was a one issue (trucks) candidate. He never spoke of anything but the DPW. Maselli was viewed as a NIMBY candidate.by many. When she refused to answer the questions regarding what she did not support at TM, she was viewed as being either evasive or lazy. Neither of which helped her.
Rose May 17, 2012 at 01:49 AM
If "good shape" is the finance piece; that's not all I judge my vote on. I see your points made in regards to Stone and Maselli. I don't vote soley on candidates night. Just as when I vote in November it won't be based on one nights worth of listening. No one is perfect including the two that were just re-elected. Far from it from the past of some people. Howie is a tough one. I think his heart is in the right place. I think he wants things to head in a direction of where the town use to be. He would be one man against others; therefore his beliefs would not always get pushed through. Maselli's bio was full of several different backgrounds and experience. I spoke to her and felt she cared for the people and what the town was starting to look like. She fought with other residents on neighborhood issues. I liked that. She seemed knowledgable of how government runs. I think town hall was nervous about her because she pushes buttons and makes waves. I am okay with that. Waves should be made. If we all thought the same way and did the same things how uneventful life would be. Until next voting time; I guess there is nothing else to be said!
Proud Resident of Northborough May 17, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Good discussion! Thanks.
Charlene Arsenault May 17, 2012 at 02:52 AM
This is a very good discussion. Love to see the residents talking.
Carol C May 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Excellent!

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