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A Slow Start for Woonsocket Voting

Most polling places report less than 200 voters.

The 2011 municipal elections in Woonsocket got off to a slow start today with 2,527 voters, or 10.63%, trickling in to the city's 16 polling places by 3 p.m.

Only 2,001 of Woonsocket's 23,610 registered voters turned out for the municipal primary in October, a run-off election held to eliminate just one contender - City Council candidate Michael Moniz. Although Mayor Leo Fontaine is running unopposed, voters have the opportunity to vote on four potential changes to the city's Home Rule Charter, along with voting in a new City Council and School Committee.

Around 31% of Woonsocket's registered voters turned out during the 2009 municipal elections, a cycle which included a mayoral race.

Polling places opened at 7 a.m. this morning and will remain open until 8 p.m. tonight.

The following numbers were reported by select polling places throughout the city this afternoon.

St. Agatha's Church- 1:30 p.m.: 164

Bernon Heights Elementary School- 1:35 p.m.: 159

Fairmount Heights- 1:50 p.m.: 99

St. Stanislaus Parish Hall- 2 p.m.: 161

Morin Heights Hall- 2:18 p.m.: 114

Kennedy Manor- 2:30 p.m.: 189

Sacred Heart- 3:00: 63

Fire Station 2-3:00: 74

Only Leo Savoie Elementary reported seing more than 200 voters by 3 p.m. this afternoon. Another official tally on the total turn out throughout Woonsocket will be available from the Board of Canvassers at 7:20 p.m.

Check out our for more information on where and how to vote.

Woonsocket Patch will post updates throughout the evening with including a live blog of election results later tonight.

Sharon Cross November 08, 2011 at 09:09 PM
No one worth voting for?
iPatch November 08, 2011 at 09:34 PM
You said it.
Erin B. November 08, 2011 at 10:48 PM
For the amount of complaints generated about City officials and their actions, you'd think that more people would turn out.
give me a break November 08, 2011 at 11:03 PM
and yhe whinners are already at it lmao st the top 2
give me a break November 08, 2011 at 11:04 PM
yup me voted for only 5
therealtaxed2death November 08, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Ugh, you are just awful at spelling and grammar. "yup me voted"? Really? You are for to be da smahtest persin on da planit. You shuda run for mayah. I wuda votid for you.
Still Hope November 09, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Yup me voted two
iPatch November 09, 2011 at 01:12 AM
yup me has also voted lmao
Patch hole November 09, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Me voted early and often!
Kathleen A. McKenna November 09, 2011 at 07:54 PM
People who do not vote - have no business complaining about the City council - because it is their own fault who the councilmen are - because by not voting againt the councilmen - they are voting FOR those they don't like.

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