HOLDEN, Mass. ‒ Holden voters came out early and have headed to the polls in large numbers throughout the day. The turnout by mid-afternoon was 45 percent.
Lines formed outside Holden's five precincts before polls opened at 6 a.m., and after just three hours 17.1 percent of the town's 12,917 registered voters had cast ballots, surpassing Holden's total turnout of 16 percent in the last local election.
By 2 p.m., 5,914 voters had already participated, bringing mid-day turnout to 45.8 percent.
Holden Town Clerk Cheryl Jenkins said everything was running smoothly, and that although a tabulator went down temporarily at about 1 p.m. at Precinct 5, she was able to get it back into action in no time.
Stay with The Holden Daily Voice throughout the day for local updates and election coverage, as well as results after polls close at 8 p.m.
Holden's polling locations are:
• Precinct 1 ‒ Senior Center, 1130 Main St.
• Precinct 2 ‒ Senior Center, 1130 Main St.
• Precinct 3 – Davis Hill School, 80 Jamieson Road. Use Highland Street entrance.
• Precinct 4 ‒ Mountview School, 270 Shrewsbury St.
• Precinct 5 ‒ Light Department, 1 Holden St.