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Earlier town voting day?

Charter change looked to for improved turnout

September 27, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Under a newly proposed charter, voters would head to the polls several weeks earlier for the annual town election.

Southbridge Town Clerk Madaline Daoust has, as part of the charter revision, proposed moving the annual town election day from the last Friday in June to the first Friday.

With the Independence Day celebrations soon after, Daoust said it would ease the burden on her office in trying to wrap up the fiscal year. One side affect, however, could be higher voter turnout, she acknowledged.

"Hopefully, everybody sees it as a good idea," Daoust said.

In a town that saw 9 percent outcome at the recent primary election, Daoust said it is often hard to attract voters to the polls this time of year.

"Everybody is in their summer mode," she said of recent voter turnout.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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