It was a packed house at the Mason Square Library Wednesday, as more than 30 candidates came out to meet with voters, and talk about the issues that matter to them.
Though candidates today can all be researched online, one Springfield resident said you have a lot to gain by getting to speak with them in person.
“It’s a huge difference actually,” said Kency Gilet. “I think a lot of people hear about politics on the TV, and you don’t realize how easy it is to get right in front of a candidate, and to ask them questions. I think it makes it more real and makes them buy into the importance of voting”.
People who came to the event were able to register to vote and find out where their polling places will ahead of the September primary, and November elections. Springfield’s voter turnout last November was just under 10 percent.
Marilyn Felix, a Springfield resident, said “We really need a lot of that in the city of Springfield. We don’t have a high voter turnout. Hopefully this year for the governor’s race it will be different.”
Of the roughly 106,000 registered voters in the city, only around 10,500 voted in the last election.
August 15 is the last day to register to vote before the primaries in September.
This year the primary elections take place the day after the labor day holiday, and voters should keep in mind there isn’t early voting for the primary.