Voter Turnout Extremely Low So Far for Local Election

Only 154 voters, total, turned out by noon in the Northborough town election.

Apathy. Lack of awareness. One contested race. The three factors are contributing to what election officials say is one of the lowest voter turnouts in memory.

By noon, a total of 154 voters had turned out to the four precincts in town: The , the the and the l. By 11:30 a.m., 36 people had checked in at Lincoln Street and 49 logged in a vote at the Zeh School (which usually has the highest voter turnout of all the precincts).

"We usually have the most, but it has been horrible," said Robbie Powers, clerk, at the Zeh School. "There are just no races."

The Board of Selectmen race is the only one contested in the election.

"It's astronomical! Phenomenal!" laughed Sue Brackett, election worker at the Proctor School, which, by 11:45 a.m. had 27 voters.

Northborough Patch ran in to two sign holders for Dawn Rand, one being Rand herself, and one lone voter.

"Well, I vote every time," said Pamela Hodge, who was with her five-year-old daughter, and father. "I grew up here."


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