Preliminary election for Northampton City Council brings little turnout

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton’s City Council preliminary election isn’t generating much excitement among voters. People are on vacation and the weather is great. That tends to keep people away from the polls.

22News visited the Northampton Senior Center where Wards 3 and 4 go to vote. By 12:30 p.m. they only had a few dozen ballots cast. The voting booths were empty and we only saw one person vote.

The preliminary election for city councilor at large will narrow down a field of four candidates to just two. They are running to replace the seat vacated by Jesse Adams, who resigned to continue his career as an attorney.

There are more than 20,000 registered voters in Northampton. City Clerk Wendy Mazza told 22News “If we get a couple of thousand voters out there, we will be lucky. We are coming off of a holiday weekend and I think people are just away. Some people are calling and asking if there is voting today, and we are saying yes there is. If you hear this, get out and vote.”

You still have a few hours left to boost turnout. Polls close at 8 p.m. Thursday. And if you want to vote but you know you’ll be away, you can fill out an absentee ballot. To find out how to do that, visit the City of Northampton’s website.

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