Was Town Meeting Turnout Less Than Usual This Year?
Here's a look at the turnout rates for voters at the Annual Town Meetings in Hamilton and Wenham versus previous years.
Voter turnout at Hamilton Town Meeting and Wenham Town Meeting this spring were in line with most town meetings in the past five years, according to data from the town clerk's in both towns.
Turnout has been around 5 or 6 percent for most town meetings, both special town meetings and annual town meeting, in Hamilton, according to data from Town Clerk Jane Wetson. This year it was 5 percent of the registered voters.
In Wenham, turnout this spring was in line with voter turnout for the past three years - somewhere between 7 and 9 percent, according to data from Town Clerk Trudy Reid. The exception is February's Special Town Meeting that was called to approve a legislative petition for a liquor license at Wenham Tea House.
|May 2008 (second night)||459||8|
|May 2009 (second night)||291||5|