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Arlington town elections are different from anywhere I've lived in recent memory. Everywhere else, federal, state and local elections were held on a Tuesday. Can anyone tell me why Arlington holds town elections on a Saturday? I can't imagine this does anything to improve turnout. Wouldn't it be more cost effective to hold town elections the same time as state and federal elections? The only advantage I can think of is this: Since most polling places in Arlington are in public schools, a Saturday election would not conflict with a regular school day.

Date: 2008-04-06 12:10 pm (UTC)
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This was discussed on the town mailing list not long ago, but I admit I did not pay a great deal of attention. As I recall it, it interferes much less with the business of the town, without being grossly more expensive. It also allows for greater election participation - since people are free to assist others with drives to the polls and so forth.

I think this years turnout was better than last years - despite the town having had nearly non-stop special elections recently. (primary and vote for special state senate, primary and vote for special state rep - then regular town vote, and then primary and vote for for regular state officers. We were fortunate that the Presidential Primary and regular Presidential elections could be co-scheduled with some of the above.)

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