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

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Visit Northborough Patch for updates on results in the 2012 Northborough Town Election.

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.

9 p.m.

Resident Of Northborough May 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Any updates?
Resident Of Northborough May 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Change is good! Thanks. When will we know the results?
ET May 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Incumbents Jeff Amberson (893 votes) and William Pantazis (781 votes) win the two seats for Northborough Board of Selectmen. The two beat Lisa Maselli (730) and Howie Stone (703).
Dan Breyfogle May 15, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Any write-in results for Assabet Valley board?
Resident Of Northborough May 15, 2012 at 01:13 AM
What a disappointment. Guess we know where this town wants to go. I hope the re-elected UNDERSTAND that 1/2 of the residents are unsatisfied. : (
DH May 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Only 7% of the town is unsatisfied with the way things are going, 8% are fine with it and the other 84% really don't care. Looks to me that most people in Northborough don't care what happens which is to bad.
Dan Breyfogle May 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I believe the low turnout was caused by the candidates. None of the four provided me information that would make me want to vote for them. No mailings. No flyers in my front door. Just stupid yard signs. (Maybe there was something on TV....but I don't watch TV anymore.) I voted anyway, out of habit, and made poorly educated guesses. Candidates, don't blame the electorate if you can't make the sale.
TR May 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Change for the sake of change is not very exciting. None of the new candidates had been on any town boards. One of them only talked about zoning and NIMBY issues. All of the surrounding towns having fiscal problems/budget cuts, Northborough is winning awards for its fiscal policy. Change without substance is a recipe for trouble.
Rose May 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I think you did not take the time to get to know the candidate you speak of. It's over now. We can watch the next three years go by and the town go even further downhill. Its not all about money. The abutting towns are not all as you say.
Proud Resident of Northborough May 15, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Rose, instead of being bitter, why not get involved? Whether you want to admit it or not, Northborough is a pretty nice place to live. Is it perfect, of course not. May by they could use _your_ help on one of the boards in town.
TR May 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Rose - what makes you nervous about the town? Is it over development? Or is their another concern?
Rose May 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I'm not bitter. Thanks for your concern. It does upset me that people vote blindly. I spoke to many people who still do not know or care to know what goes on in the decision making process in town. No place is perfect. I have served the community. @ TR. Yes, over development is a concern. With that will come more people more strain. Per the chief there is already a concern. I worry about town government not changing hands and getting new people in for new ideas. Sometimes people get too comfotable and don't want to go against the grain anymore. They become less enthusiastic. They lose touch with what the towns people really want. It's a hard balance I'm sure. I could go on and on.
Debra Claxton May 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Northborough's recent award was for the presentation of the budget, not the fiscal policy or budget itself.
Proud Resident of Northborough May 16, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Why do you think people vote blindly? If they had supported your candidate would you say the same thing? Did you feel people at TM "voted blindly"? The majority of voters on Monday didn't support the mantra of "change just for the sake of change". Rather, they chose to support the theory of "if its not broke, don't fix it".
Rose May 17, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I know some people voted blindly. As I stated above, some people discussed it with me in regards to all four candidates. I spoke to some people whom asked me point blank who they should vote for, some voted for a candidate simply because they were born & raised here, some said they don't like whats going on in town so picked the two contested candidates, some voted based on: he’s a good guy, the list of comments goes on & on. Therefore, I consider it voting blindly. No matter who won I would still say people voted blindly. I based my voting on what I have read, researched, and what I want out of my community. Comments were made candidates were not qualified. I believe Pantazis had no previous qualifications prior to his first run. Yet, he was voted in. Even during a time when there was such contraversary going on with him and his family. Sounds like a double standard. Yes, people vote blindly at town meeting too. Many articles are so in depth unless you put the research and time in before TM how are you to understand what you are voting on? Some articles were less invasive or well explained. In those cases, I think it would be hard to vote blindly
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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