Voter Turnout Low In Harwich Annual Election

By: Staff Reports

Topics: Elections

HARWICH – Voters cast ballots in very low numbers in Tuesday's annual town election due both to the absence of any elective races and the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 807 voters, about 5 percent of those registered, cast ballots during limited polling hours.

Town Clerk Anita Doucette said 346 ballots were cast by mail. Most, 327, were absentee ballots, and another 19 were early voting ballot requests. She said voting at the community center went smoothly, with many people taking advantage of the hand sanitizer available.Incumbent selectmen Donald Howell and Larry Ballantine were returned to office with 602 and 593 votes, respectively.

Incumbent Monomoy Regional School Committee members Meredith Henderson, 633 votes, and Sharon Stout, 625 votes, were re-elected. Brooks Library Trustee Joanne Brown was re-elected with 664 votes and newcomer Linda Cebula became a trustee garnering 628 votes. Water Commissioner Allin Thompson was given another three-year term with 703 votes.There were no candidates for the five-year term on the housing authority, but Elizabeth Harder received 48 write-in votes.

The two ballot questions amending the town charter were endorsed. One question allowed changes in the town’s capital outlay planning process and was approved by a 687-96 vote. The other provided provisions for the formation of water and wastewater commission and was approved 670-107.

By a 710-67 vote, a non-binding public advisory question was approved directing selectmen to communicate with Gov. Charlie Baker and the state Legislature to assure every means possible is taken to secure spent nuclear fuel and spent fuel pool and casks at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

HARWICH – Voters cast ballots in very low numbers in Tuesday's annual town election due both to the absence of any elective races and the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 807 voters, about 5 percent of those registered, cast ballots during limited polling hours.Town Clerk Anita Doucette said 346 ballots were cast by mail. Most, 327, were absentee ballots, and another 19 were early voting ballot requests. She said voting at the community center went smoothly, with many people taking advantage of the hand sanitizer available.Incumbent selectmen Donald Howell and Larry Ballantine were returned to office with 602 and 593 votes, respectively. Incumbent Monomoy Regional School Committee members Meredith Henderson, 633 votes, and Sharon Stout, 625 votes, were re-elected. Brooks Library Trustee Joanne Brown was re-elected with 664 votes and newcomer Linda Cebula became a trustee garnering 628 votes. Water Commissioner Allin Thompson was given another three-year term with 703 votes.There were no candidates for the five-year term on the housing authority, but Elizabeth Harder received 48 write-in votes.The two ballot questions amending the town charter were endorsed. One question allowed changes in the town’s capital outlay planning process and was approved by a 687-96 vote. The other provided provisions for the formation of water and wastewater commission and was approved 670-107.Bu a 710-67 vote, a non-binding public advisory question was approved directing selectmen to communicate with Gov. Charlie Baker and the state Legislature to assure every means possible is taken to secure spent nuclear fuel and spent fuel pool and casks at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.