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Westborough to continue to explore electronic voting at Town Meeting

By John Swinconeck, Contributing Writer

Westborough-icon-for-CA-web-pageWestborough –  Westborough Town Meeting members will get another free opportunity at using electronic voting in March, to decide whether they want to fund electronic voting in future meetings.

The Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 during its Jan. 14 meeting to recommend that an article be placed on the March warrant to fund the use of electronic voting.

Selectman Denny Drewry said Town Meeting members would be more likely to vote their conscience, because voting electronically can be done more privately than a show of hands or by a standing vote.

Members often do not like voting in opposition of their neighbors, he said.

“Nothing is as important as our right to vote,” Drewry said. “To vote privately–that's something we should cherish. I think it's the right thing to do.”

Outgoing Town Meeting Moderator Joseph Harrington told selectmen that an electronic voting system may cost the town up to $50,000 annually.

Town Meeting members had their first crack at a demonstration using electronic voting “clickers” from Option Technologies in October, said Harrington. At the end of that meeting, members voted to authorize the town to move forward with the adoption of electronic voting for the main, annual spring meeting.

Option Technologies has offered to provide another free demonstration of electronic voting for Town Meeting members in March, said Harrington.

 

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1 Comment for “Westborough to continue to explore electronic voting at Town Meeting”

  1. I grow so tired of this nonsense. The real problem here is that we need more voters to vote. That is not happening in the current Town Meeting format, we all know the numbers. If current attendees have reservations about “showing their vote”, why do they attend at all?Apparently they are not too terribly bothered by it. And to suggest that they DO NOT vote their conscience presently is might be construed as a bit insulting. People have myriad reasons for not attending Town Meeting. Apathy is ONE of them, but its far more likely that the time constraints turn away the doctor on call, the single Mom, the student, etc. Town Meeting has to evolve into something that better serves the voter. There is a REASON why the rotary area no longer has a Hitching Post and a saloon and people with time to kill in one fell swoop. Its called 2014.

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