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Town requests federal observers for general election

Clark: 'I believe that the process is fair'

April 26, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — After voices from all sides crying foul at the primary held Tuesday, April 12, voting was the hot-button topic at the Town Council Meeting held Monday, April 25.

"The town does take voting very seriously," said Town Manager Christopher Clark. "We do work very hard to make sure that anyone who wishes to cast a vote be allowed to do so. I do believe that our election process is fair. Even with that said, what we have done as an added protection, we have made a verbal request for observers to attend the May 10 election from the Secretary of State's Office as well as the Attorney General's Office."

Clark noted that he was on the phone with the United States Department of Justice Monday afternoon, April 25, as they took an interest upon hearing the unusual circumstance that surrounded the primary.

"I believe that the process is fair and that the process will be fair," he said. "Just to make sure, we have asked for observers to come in to oversee the process."

In other business Monday night, an additional $23,000 was appropriated to the ice and snow removal fund. Originally, the budget for the year was $300,000, but due to the unpredictable winter, the budget swelled to $680,000.

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

Janines Frostee
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