NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - From a property tax override in Easthampton, to a county wide Register of Deeds race, Hampshire County voters have a lot of important decisions to make. That is besides electing the next president and U.S. Senator.
And in Northampton, voters will decide whether to update the city's charter, that's why they will fill out two ballots. Last August, the Northampton City Council voted to hold a special election Tuesday after the city missed the deadline to include a municipal charter change question on the state ballot.
One of planned changes is extending the mayor's term from two to four years. Voters told 22News the process was quick.
"It wasn't long, but I checked in at four of five places," said Samantha Greenberg of Northampton.
Jonathan Weinmann said it only took him five minutes to cast his ballot. "I voted yes on that thing [charter change] and I did read about the mayor being mayor for four years instead of the usual two. I think it's probably a good idea," said Weinmann inside the Conz Street polling location.
Wardens for Precincts 3A and 3B told 22News it seems the special election hasn't affected voter turnout. As of 3PM Tuesday, half of the 1400 registered voters in each precinct had cast their ballots. They expect a big rush tonight before polls close at 8pm.