As expected, voter turnout for today’s Foxborough town elections has been high.
At approximately noon, 2,303 Foxborough residents took part in voting at the Ahern Middle School. The number exceeds last year total turnout of 1,876 voters and is likely to past the 2010 turnout of 2,876 voters.
Precinct 3 had the highest turnout at midday with 555 voters. Precinct 2 followed with 536 voters. Precinct 4 and 5 were next with 479 and 419 voters each. Precinct 1 had the lowest turnout with 314 voters.
As is tradition, supporters and candidates held signs outside. While previous years saw the supporters contained to an area near the parking lots. Supporters were camped out on Mechanic Street and on the sidewalks outside the school.
Charles Liftman, who was holding signs for selectman chairman Larry Harrington and candidate Martha Slattery said that he thought the turnout was very high this year.
“I’ve been here many times holding signs for candidates. I’ve never seen turnout like this before,” he said.
Candidate Ginny Copolla arrived at the Ahern at 6:05am to greet voters. The former state representative said that she there has been a steady stream of traffic coming in all day to vote.
“I’ve been in town almost 30 years, I’ve never seen turnout for a local election like this before,” she said.
As for reasons why people were voting, Copolla mentioned that the only reason driving people to the polls is the issue the proposed casino resort being build on Route 1.
“I think this is the referendum that people have been wanting,” she said.
Polls at the Ahern Middle School will be open until 8 p.m. Foxboro Cable Access will be broadcasting live results at 8pm on Ch. 22 for Comcast, Ch. 38 for Verizon, and online at http://www.fcatv.org/live. Results will also be posted at Foxborough Patch as soon as they become available.