Early Voting More Popular than Expected

October 29, 2018 GMT

By Scott Shurtleff

sshurtleff@nashoba valleyvoice.com

Early voting in the Nashoba Valley is more popular that anticipated.

Town clerks from Ayer, Groton, Harvard, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend reported total ballots for the first three days of early voting.

This year is only the state’s second general election to offer early voting opportunities since it was allowed in Massachusetts in 2016; and the first for a mid-term election.

Groton residents cast 387 ballots in just three days, Monday to Wednesday, while Pepperell had 276 voters arrive at the polling station.

Harvard and Townsend report 228 each, Ayer had 179 already cast and Shirley had 170 -- an average of 63 per day with a week still remaining. All polling places will be open Saturday, October 27, 9-3 for early voting.

Kathy Spofford, Town Clerk from Townsend said, “I do not believe that early voter turnout will be as high in the state elections as a Presidential election. I do think, however, that it does make quite an impact on the day of the election and voters will not have to wait in long lines.”