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Low Turnout at Today's Election

As of 1 p.m., only 6.9 percent of registered voters made it to the polls.

Reading residents are asked to vote today at the Reading Memorial High School field house in the local election. As of 1 p.m., only 6.9 percent of registered voters took the time to vote.

Sign holders were outside the field house supporting candidates and the library question, despite the cold and strong winds. Among the sign holders was selectman candidate Marsie West, who urged residents to vote and allow their voices to be heard. 

Resident Mary Jane Quinn stopped at the polls with her granddaughter Libby. She votes every year, Quinn told Patch.

Did you vote yet? Are you in favor of the library project? Who did you vote for? Tell us in the comments section below.

Charles Towne April 03, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Why couldn't the election have been combined with the upcoming special election at the end of the month?
Rob April 03, 2013 at 12:53 AM
This is intentional. The lower the turnout, the more likely the tax hike will pass.
A Reading Mom April 03, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Especially difficult parking today. I wouldn't be surprised if some people gave up and left without voting. Such a disappointment to have such low voter turnout.
Karl Weld April 03, 2013 at 10:47 AM
The election could not be moved to the April 30 US Senate Special Primary date because we needed to elect Town Meeting members before Town Meeting, which begins April 22.

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