SHREWSBURY, Mass. - A neck-and-neck race between between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama likely will spur heavy voter turnout Nov. 6 in Shrewsbury.
"This one is close, so we expect a lot of turnout," said Town Clerk Sandra Wright.
The clerk's office has requested extra police to direct traffic at some polling locations, including the town garage, where residents in precincts 5 and 10 vote.
Some precincts with high-voter traffic have limited parking, such as Spring Street School and Coolidge School, Wright said. She added there is no school Nov. 6, which means voters won't have to compete with buses and students for space.
Wright said her office will be extremely busy in the next few weeks as absentee ballots start coming in. Of 23,051 registered Shrewsbury voters, 1,187 already had cast an absentee ballot as of Oct. 22.
That's a far cry from the September primary. With only one contested race on the Democratic ballot, and no contested races on the Republican ballot, voter turnout in September was a paltry 6 percent, according to Wright, who expects a much bigger turnout come this election day.