Local Election Day Shift Helps Who?

(Interesting analysis. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

As the Patriot Ledger is reporting, more than 60 communities have moved their local election day to the day of the US Senate Special Election Primary Day.


The communities themselves do not necessarily favor one candidate over another, given that competitive local races will draw turnout higher in certain towns – and ballot questions like Prop 2 1/2 overrides can certainly marshal larger turnouts, but the list is interesting – and may not be complete yet.  

This could be a way to bolster turnout in places where a candidate is particularly strong and for campaigns targeting ID and GOTV efforts, these towns may deserve extra attention.

The towns so far are:  Ashburnham, Ayer, Barre, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Brookline, Buckland, Charlton, Chilmark, Colrain, Dalton, Dracut, Foxborough, Georgetown, Goshen, Grafton, Granby, Granville, Greenfield, Groton, Hampden, Hardwick, Harvard, Health, Hingham, Holden, Hopedale, Hudson, Lee, Lenox, Lunenburg, Mashpee, Maynard, Medfield, Millbury, Milton, Newbury, Norfolk, North Adams, North Reading, Norton, Paxton, Pepperell, Phillipston, Plainville, Princeton, Richmond, Rockland, Salisbury, Scituate, Shelburne, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Stoughton, Stow, Swampscott, Templeton, Tisbury, Topsfield, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Upton, Wakefield, Warwick, Wellfleet, West Bridgewater, Westford, Westminster, Westwood, Williamstown and Wrentham.

Of note – 5 are in Mike Sullivan’s stronghold of Plymouth County (although Hingham and Scituate are closer to Gomez’ hometown of Cohasset than Mike’s in Abington), 4 of the 5 towns in Dan Winslow’s rep district are included and other than Brookline, none seem to pose a significant benefit to either Markey or Lynch on the Democratic side.

Towns have until March 26th to make the change, so for those campaigns that have not used this to help their chances, it is time to call those friendly elected officials and suggest a money saver for the town.

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