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This week's Sturbridge Villager reports that 1,013 of 1,240 eligible voters cast ballots in Wales, for a turnout of 81.7%. I'm pleased.

It looks like there's not much future opportunity for registering more voters around here, either. Wales has somewhere between 1,800 and 1,850 residents. Of those, 1,240 are registered to vote and 294 of them are in the public K-12 school system. (School numbers are as of last spring's annual town report.) That leaves somewhere between 266 and 316 residents not accounted for in those numbers. Considering that roughly 16% of our population is in the public K-12 system and general population realities of small towns, it's reasonable to expect that there are at least some pre-school kids. I've certainly seen a fair number of them in strollers and such. There are probably more kids being homeschooled than off in private schools given how far we are from the latter. In 2000, there were 435 kids under 18 in town and the town's population has gone up by 100-150 or so since then.

From what I can see, something on the order of 90% of the people who are eligible to vote in Wales are already registered. There's not a lot for canvassing efforts to turn up in terms of voter registration. The one obvious place for GOTV work would be in the low-income apartment complex that houses several of the town's seniors. Then again, I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if they already have something along those lines. The voting place is at our Senior Center, after all.

Way to go, Wales! Well done.

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thirdworld
Nov. 14th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Good job Wales! Lovely story. Although another headline might look more scary, "Only 1,240 eligible v in Wales!" Heh.
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