Tri-town residents embrace early voting
By Georgia Sparling | Nov 01, 2016
No one was quite sure how many people would take advantage of the state’s new early voting option, offered from to Oct. 24 to Nov. 4 for the November election, but tri-town clerks have seen a steady stream of residents who want to cast their ballots before Election Tuesday.
“We’ve been putting [the ballots] in the sealed up tote, and that sucker is getting heavy,” said Rochester Town Clerk Naida Parker.
She hasn’t counted the number of early voters yet, but said there is often a line as people wait to enter one of four voting booths at the Town Hall.
Some have expressed concern that their votes won’t be counted and that their votes aren’t secure.
Town Clerks say the votes will indeed be tabulated on Nov. 8, not before, and that they are kept in a secure, locked location.
For many voters, that hasn’t been an issue.
In Marion, Asst. Town Clerk Michele Bissonnette had seen 452 voters come through by Monday afternoon.
“That’s a lot of people out of the mix,” she said. “I think it will help the lines tremendously [on Election Day].”
Mattapoisett has seen even more voters, around 150 a day with 913 by the end of Saturday.
Mattapoisett Town Clerk Cathy Heuberger said she doesn’t expect the early voting numbers to affect the overall voter turnout, which is always high for presidential elections.
“I think the people that are coming here would have voted anyway,” she said. “People love the convenience of it.”
Mattapoisett resident Judith Shaw voted early on Monday and had only good things to say about it.
“I think it’s absolutely great,” she said. “I hope they continue it.”
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