Hingham may see one of its highest voter turnouts for today's Presidential Election.
On a typical Presidential Election, 85 percent of registers voters in Hingham head to the polls and Hingham Town Clerk Eilleen McCracken said this years’ turnout could even be higher. In comparison, in a non presidential election, Hingham sees a 20-25 percent voter turnout.
After October 17's voter registration deadline, McCracken is already seeing obvious signs that more people are interested in this election. Since September, approximately 500 residents have registered to vote in Hingham alone. Over 300 registered in the final days, McCracken said. In a non-presidential election McCracken said less than 10 new voters register before the deadline.
McCracken has also already seen almost 1,000 requests for absentee ballots for the election from voters who will not be able to make it to the polls on November 6.
According to the state secretary’s office, voters may have an absentee ballot mailed to them by making arrangements with their Town Hall. To be counted, a completed absentee ballot must be received by the time the polls close on Election Day.
Hingham voters will decide on nine political races (three of which are unopposed), and four questions.
The most popular races on the Hingham ballots will be:
Presidential between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney;
US Senate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren;
Congress between Stephen Lynch and Joseph Selvaggi;
State Senate between Robert Hedlund and Genevieve Davis.