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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Nearly three-fourths of Weston voters cast ballots

WESTON

Yesterday's election drew 72 percent of Weston's registered voters to the polls, according to the Town Clerk's office.

Preliminary counts, excluding provisional ballots, indicate that 5,108 ballots were cast. As of Oct. 18, the last day to register for the election, Weston had 7,028 registered voters.

The turnout percentage was slightly higher than the turnout at the 2002 mid-term elections, which drew about 69 percent of registered voters.

A major draw this year seemed to be Question 4, which asked voters to approve a tax increase resulting from debt incurred should the town purchase the 62-acre Case Estates.

Figures posted on the town website showed that 3,954 voted in favor of the debt exclusion, 914 voted against, and 240 ballots were left blank on the question.

Tonight residents will attend a Special Town Meeting to vote on whether the town should buy the land, which Harvard University has offered to sell for $22.5 million, to prevent it from falling into the hands of a developer.

A detailed explanation of how the land might be used and how a purchase would impact taxpayers is available at the town website, weston.org. The special town meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Weston High School.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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