Town Clerk advises June 6 last day to register to vote in June 26 general election
By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.
With the days ticking away in their race to replace former Senator Robert Travaglini, State Representative Anthony Petrucelli of East Boston and Revere City Councilor Dan Rizzo have both been making the rounds here in Winthrop trying to win support for their respective candidacies.
However, Town Clerk Claire Sheltry, who will retire herself after the June 26 general election for the senate seat, said this week that she is still predicting a fairly low voter turnout on Tuesday, May 29.
“I still think we’re going to be around 15 or 20 percent,” said Sheltry, who noted that the holiday weekend and the fact that special elections typically draw poorly have both played into her estimates.
“We have started to get a few more absentee ballots, people have started to realize that they may be away during the election and they’re coming in to vote over the counter, but I still think we’ll wind up with between 35 and 50 absentee.”
Sheltry, a veteran of dozens of previous elections, said the low absentee rate likely means a low turnout on Election Day as well.
The last day for absentee voters to vote over the counter at Town Hall will be tomorrow, Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m., because Town Hall will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m., to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Primary Day, May 29.
Sheltry also warned that the voters interested in voting in the general election on June 26, will have to make sure they are registered in the Clerk’s office by June 6.