SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Voters were lined up at polling places throughout Shrewsbury this morning to cast their ballot in the state and national elections. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.
Shrewsbury Town Clerk Sandra Wright said the stream of voters was steady. By 8 a.m., 255 voters had cast their ballots at the Precinct 1 polling place at the municipal center.
According to warden Dot Perkins, the line began out the door of town hall before polls opened at 7 a.m. Perkins said there had been no problem with voters. “They’re very obedient,” she joked.
Next door at the Precinct 6 polling place at the senior center, warden Bernice Forrister described a long line that never stopped during the first 90 minutes. “We’ve had more now than all day during the (September) primary,” she said.
Voters still were lined out the door at 9 a.m. at Spring Street School, the polling place for Precincts 7 and 8. Warden Pam Empie said she expected some brief respites but said “it’s going to be a very long day.”
Outside Precinct 6, a group of seniors were selling hand-knitted items to voters. The seniors have been selling their wares outside the polls every election the past 16 years, with proceeds going to the senior center.
At the entrance to the municipal center Gene Buddenhagen and Larry Gannon stood three feet away from each other, engaged in police conversation. Buddenhagen was holding a sign supporting incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. Gannon held a sign for Brown’s opponent, Elizabeth Warren.
“We don’t talk about politics,” Gannon said. “We’ve been talking about bed bugs.”