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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Low turnout? Says who?

NEWTON

Perfect weather, a hotly-contested Democratic gubernatorial primary ... exactly why were state officals predicting a low turnout again?

Poll workers at the Ward 2, Precinct 1 polling station at the Horace Mann School in Newtonville could only shake their heads as voters streamed to the polls in brisk numbers. The clerk of the polling station, Merrill Pregeant, said that election officials had predicted that about 20 percent of registered voters would cast ballots today.

The ballot tally by noon? Nineteen percent.

Locals casting ballots included Rosemarie Culkeen and Eleanor Elicone, members of the Early Morning Walkers group at nearby Albemarle Park, and author Anita Diamant ("The Red Tent," "The Last Days of Dogtown").

-- Ralph Ranalli

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