New England News
4:28 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Election Turnout In Pittsfield Is "Slow But Better Than Last Time"

According to an election warden in the Berkshires turnout for the special U.S. Senate Election between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez has been low, but is expected to pick up before the end of the day.

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Fran Lysonski, election warden for Pittsfield’s Ward 5A, located near the downtown of the Berkshire’s largest city, said voter turnout has been "slow but better than last time."

Lysonski was referring to the April 30th primary election to determine the Democratic and Republican candidacies for the special senate election where approximately 15% of her ward came to the polls.

Around 3 pm this afternoon, Lysonski said that her polling place, one of the busier ones in the city, had a turnout rate of about 13%. She added that she expects more voters to turn out before the polls close at 8 p.m.

Lysonski also expects local elections in November to have a “much higher turnout”