Town officials are anticipating a higher turnout for Tuesday's election than the town has seen in the last few years for other types of elections.
Overall, officials are anticipating a 76 percent turnout this election, approximately the same number of residents that came out for the presidential election in 2008.
The number is also on track with average turnout in presidential elections since 2000, which typically draw higher numbers than the town’s other elections.
Previous year’s elections saw much fewer turnout. In 2011, the Mayor and council election saw a 31.5 percent turnout. Even earlier September during the state primary, only 8.1 percent of voters came out to cast a ballot.
It was the lowest turnout in modern history for Braintree.
Yet things are looking up for the highly competitive and heavily contested ballot on Nov. 6.
Already, as of Oct. 6, of the town’s 25,228 registered voters, 983 people had requested absentee ballots.
The largest amount of absentee ballots ever requested was in 2008, which was a record breaking 1,095 ballots.
That number could be topped this election, Braintree Town Clerk Joe Powers said in a release.
So far, between 54 percent and 71 percent of voters in each precinct had returned absentee ballots.
Regardless who turns out, the town will spent approximately $8,000-$10,000 on the election.
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