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Duxbury Town Meeting could become first in the south suburbs to cast ballots electronically

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When Duxbury citizens gather at Town Meeting in March to consider important local matters, they will decide whether they want to be the first among area communities to voice their yeas and nays electronically.

Susan Kelley, a member of the town’s Electronic Balloting Committee, said Duxbury is coordinating with Orlando-based Option Technologies International to hold a trial run of its hand-held electronic balloting devices at the March 8 Town Meeting. A nonbinding question will ask voters for their feedback on the system, and whether the town should consider leasing the equipment for future meetings.

Balloting equipment companies and community officials say that Duxbury would be the third in Massachusetts with the open Town Meeting system to use electronic voting, after Wayland and Westborough.

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