For today’s special election, one that will determine the next Senator from the State of Massachusetts, Plymouth’s Town Clerk Lawrence Pizer expects a bigger turnout than the town election last month; that turnout totaled 11.8%. Some experts consider the amount of absentee ballots a good indicator of voter turnout, and Pizer says, at this point, those requests show an increase from the town election in May: “We actually have had a fairly steady stream of absentee ballots, approaching 400—which is more than we had for the town election—so we’re thinking we’ll probably have a bigger turnout.” But, bigger turnout means what? “We think that we’re looking, maybe 25%–that sort of figure.” We asked if he was surprised at that? “No, I think that this is pretty important, and there are people who actually care about the election. I would love to see a much higher turnout, but for a one-issue matter, unfortunately, not many people turn out as they should.”
And for those who do turn out, Pizer says the actual voting process will be quick: “I think that it’s going to be a very easy election to vote in—there is one issue to vote on. You walk in, you get your ballot; one oval to fill in— you check out and you’re on your way home.” Polls are open today from 7AM to 8PM.