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Polls open today for special District 7 preliminary election

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  February 15, 2011 09:10 AM

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Polls are open today for a special preliminary election for the vacant District 7 City Council seat at 23 voting locations in Roxbury, Dorchester, and parts of the South End and Fenway.

Six names are on the ballot seeking to replace Chuck Turner, who was convicted in a bribery scandal. The candidates are Natalie Carithers, Danielle Renee Williams, Cornell Mills, Tito Jackson, Roy Owens and Althea Garrison.

Turnout is expected to be extremely low. That means just a handful of votes may decide which two candidates will face off in the final election March 15.

The city said Monday it has well over the number of ballots necessary to satisfy the 40,985 registered voters eligible to participate in each of the 31 precincts the seat covers.

Over 200 election officials will work at the polls, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., including some that are bilingual and will be available to assist voters in Chinese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Kreyole, Russian and Spanish, as well as other languages, election officials said.

For more information, including voting location and ballot information, visit www.cityofboston.gov/elections or call the Boston Election Department at (617) 635-3767.

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