Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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November 7, 2012

Record-setting 91 percent turn out to vote

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Traffic backed up around the town’s two voting locations - Andover High School and the Andover Senior Center - early in the morning. But drivers were courteous and understanding, said Town Clerk Larry Murphy.

”The first voter at the high school arrived at 6:20 a.m.,” Murphy said. “Overall, everything went very well at the polls.”

Murphy said presidential elections typically mean high voter turnout and Andover is clearly a good example of that. In the last presidential election in 2008, the town had 88 percent of active voters turn out to vote, Murphy said.

”Our 91 percent is record setting,” he said.

In fact, ballot boxes overflowed. Election officials followed standard procedure to empty the machines, said Murphy. Ballots are put in locked boxes.

Police officers hold the keys to those boxes.

”Absentee ballots are folded and sometimes cause trouble,” he said. “We clean out the machines two or three times so it doesn’t jam.”

The process slowed down voting for a short time, but Murphy said voters were understanding.

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