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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Turnout strong in the Globe West area

REGION

Election officials throughout the western suburbs are reporting strong turnout today as a smattering of competitive local elections and the governor’s race attract residents to the polls.

The weather seemed to be cooperating. A brisk wind blew and skies were overcast, but showers were holding off as of midafternoon.

While no long lines were reported, Kathleen Nagle, Wellesley's town clerk, said poll workers were busy.

“We had a surge at the opening of the polls, and it’s been pretty steady all day,” she said. No more than 15 voters were waiting at precincts at any given time, she said.

Peter Koutoujian Sr., interim executive director of the Newton election commission, said his office has been besieged with calls from voters.

“When you get a lot of people saying, ‘Am I registered to vote? Where do I vote?’ they obviously haven’t voted in a while,” he said.

Officials in the Marlborough city clerk’s office also said turnout was brisk with no reported problems.

--John C. Drake

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