Tiny Turnout For Elmwood Roof Vote

A slow day at the polls lead to a quick count last night.

It was a slow day at the polls for Hopkinton election officials today. Only 516 voters cast their ballots

The only question was whether to approve the Elmwood School roof replacement, which is expected to cost $1.1 million.

In the end 78 percent of the voters cast their ballots in favor of the roof. The other 112 voters said no to the expenditure.

Many town leaders, including Ken Weismantel, predicted low turnout.

“When you have a low-voter election, you don’t always know which way they are going to vote,” Weismantel said at last week’s town meeting.

Superintendent Steven Hiersche said the roof will go out to bid this month, and construction is expected to be completed during the summer.

The total turnout at the polls was roughly 5 percent of the town's registered voters.

By comparison more than 80 percent of voters cast their ballots in the presidential election.


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