FRAMINGHAM – Early voting as been very popular in the Town of Framingham.
This is the first year early voting has been allowed for the presidential election, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Early voting will continue in Framingham through Friday, Nov. 4.
Yesterday, was the only Saturday for early voting in Framingham, and there was a line at 10 a.m.
“I started out with 12 voting slots, and had to add more, due to the lines,” said Framingham Town Clerk Valerie Mulvey. “I ended up with 20.”
In total, 847 register voters cast a ballot between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Nevins Hall yesterday, Oct. 29.
In total, 4,313 registered voters have taken advantage of the early voting this first week or 10.8 percent of the 39,854 registered voters.
In comparison, only 5.6 percent of registered voters participated in the primary election in September.
Earlier this spring, 13 percent of registered voters participated in the Town of Framingham election, in which voters approved a Charter Commission.
Combined with absentee ballots and early voting by mail (1.952 ballots) a total of 6,265 registered voters in Framingham have voted in the election as of yesterday, or 15.7 percent of all registered voters, said Assistant Town Clerk Lisa Ferguson.
“If this trends continues, about 30 percent of registered voters will have cast a ballot before November 8,” said Mulvey.
During the last presidential election, more than 75 percent of registered voters participated in the election.
“If this (early voting) trend continues, I anticipate a significant reduction in the lines on election day,” said Mulvey.
Early voting continues through Friday, Nov. 4 at two locations Nevins Hall and the Christa McAuliffe Library in Nobscot.
- Halloween: Nevins Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 1: Nevins Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and McAuliffe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 2: Nevins Hall from 8;30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and McAuliffe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 3: Nevins Hall from 8;30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and McAuliffe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 4: Nevins Hall only from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This has been a great collaboration with the Town,” said Mulvey, who specifically thanked Framingham Library Director Mark Contois for his help, and for allowing voting at the new library branch.
There were lines at the Christ McAuliffe Library last week, too.
The hours at that location were less due to the elementary school across the street.
“Mark’s staff put out a book display about the Presidents,” said Mulvey.
“And in the first two days, he had 37 individuals apply for library membership,” said Mulvey.