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State primary is next Tuesday.

Byline: Michael Kane

The state primary is just days away, but turnout is likely to be light, given the fact that there are few races among the candidates.

"I don't expect a very large turnout," Boylston Town Clerk Sandra Bourassa said.

State Senator Harriette Chandler, who represents both Boylston and West Boylston, and state Representative James O'Day, who represents West Boylston, are both running unopposed in the democratic primary, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Barring a write-in candidate coming out of other parties in the primary, neither legislator will have opponents in the general election. There are no candidates for those seats on the ballots of the other three parties available next week.

The Republican Party has no candidates for those local legislative positions. And, although the Green-Rainbow and Workers Families parties both have primary ballots, neither party has any candidates for any seat on the ballot. The chance to represent those parties in the November election can only be won by write-in votes. This year, the Libertarian party has no ballot for the primary.

State Representative Harold Naughton Jr. does have a Democratic challenger in this, his eighth election for the House seat that has Boylston in its district, and formerly had West Boylston. Stephen Kerrigan, of Lancaster, is challenging Naughton. The winner of that race could face a Republican write-in candidate from Northboro in November.

The only other race in the primary will also come from the Democratic ballot. U.S. Senator John Kerry faces a primary challenger, Edward O'Reilly of Gloucester. The winner of that race will go against Republican Jeffrey Beatty of Harwich in November. Beatty has no Republican challenger in the primary.

Unenrolled voters may choose whatever ballot they wish, West Boylston Town Clerk Kim Hopewell said. Those affiliated with a party must take the ballot for the party in which they are enrolled. It is too late to change party affiliation or register for the primary election, however, residents can register to vote for the general and presidential election in November no later than Oct. 15 by 8 p.m.

If you are unsure of your voter status, Hopewell said to save time, it is best to check ahead, rather than to show up during election day unsure of whether you are registered or to which party you belong.

"Call and check your status here before you come to vote," Hopewell said.

Absentee ballots are now available for the Sept. 16 state primary election at the clerks' offices in both towns. In West Boylston, they are also available on the Web.

"We (West Boylston) will also make home visits on election day if a request is made through my office," Hopewell said.

The state primary is next Tuesday, Sept. 16, Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling in West Boylston will be at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Traffic on that day will exit only onto Church Street, to avoid problems at the intersection of routes 140 and 12.

In Boylston, polling is at town hall at Hillside.

The last date to register for the general state and presidential election on Nov. 4 is Oct. 15 by 8 p.m. In West Boylston, the last day to register for the fall town meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20, is Sept. 30 by 5 p.m.

Signs for upcoming elections in West Boylston must follow town bylaw Hopewell said. Political signs can be put in the ground or on a registered vehicle - not trees or poles - 30 days before an election. The signs must be removed within five days after the election.
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Date:Sep 11, 2008
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