NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - While turnout statewide is expected to be low for the special U.S. Senate election, a high voter turnout is expected in Northampton.
Secretary of State William Galvin says he's very concerned, because he's only expecting roughly 10% of registered voters to cast their ballots.
In Northampton, however, voters will also decide the fate of a $2.5M override to close a major budget gap. City voters had to fill out two ballots; one was a municipal ballot with the override question, and the other was a state ballot.
If the override passes, $1M is expected to close the school budget gap, save art programs and avoid teacher layoffs. Just before noontime today, more than 400 votes had been cast in Precincts 3A and 3B.
3A's precinct warden, Jose Bayron, told 22News 1,400 residents are registered vote in this precinct, and he expects a high turnout.
"I'm guessing we'll have close to have 1,000 voters, it's my guess. I think it's going to be a good turnout because of the question, and everyone in Northampton is interested in that," Bayron said.
Amy Ford of Northampton was one of the many voters that came in to make her voice heard on Tuesday.
"I voted for it, I was a little bit unsure, but ultimately I think it's just really important that we vote positively because of education," Ford said.
Polls close at 8:00 P.M. in Northampton and statewide. Be sure to stay with 22News and WWLP.com, where we will have the results of the special U.S. Senate election, Northampton override vote, and all other local races.