Low Voter Turnout Expected, But Primary Still Key
Town Clerk Sharon George said today's primary will help her crew prepare for November's presidential election.
Before baseball season, there’s spring training. For Town Clerk Sharon George and her election crew, today is spring training.
George said she doesn’t expect many voters to come to the polls on Thursday during the Massachusetts State Primary. But the Town Clerk said it still is a great tune up for her and her staff in advance of this November’s presidential election.
“I have low expectations (for Thursday’s primary),” said George. “It would be nice if we had a big turnout, but I don’t think we will. There just aren’t enough contested races. But everyone comes out to vote for the president. They may not vote again for four years, but everyone votes.”
The most hotly contested race only impacts part of the town. At Precinct 3, voters will have to decide between a host of write-in candidates who are hoping to run for the 21st Middlesex seat vacated by Charles Murphy.
It’s already evident based on the volume of absentee ballots that George and her crew will be busy come November. During the 2008 presidential election, 80 percent of the town voted, more than 12,000 residents. There were 1,200 ballots alone sent in by absentee residents.
George said Wilmington historically has voted democratic candidates into office, but that has changed recently. She said in recent years elections have become difficult to predict.
Regardless of how many residents come to vote on Thursday, George will be prepared for whatever the election has to offer.
“A lot of work goes into an election whether it’s 3,000 people or 15,000 who come out,” said George. “We prepare the best we can. We try to be ready for everything comes up, but sometimes things come up that we just weren’t expecting. My staff hasn’t worked a presidential election, so Thursday’s primary will be helpful in getting them ready for that.”