Harvard voters lived up to their reputation this week for being among the most engaged voters in the state. Of the town’s 4,352 registered voters, 2,389 headed to the polls in the Bromfield School cafeteria; turnout topped 55%.
Hats off to Town Clerk Marlene Kenney, Assistant Town Clerk Catherine Bowen, and their 20 hard-working poll workers. With two separate elections and eight ballots— two each for the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Green-Rainbow parties—and two voting machines, the team kept the lines moving, and they were still counting late-arriving and overseas absentee ballots on Wednesday.
Voters will return to the polls at least two more times before summer. First, on March 31 to elect a representative to fill the 37th Middlesex House District seat left empty when former Rep. Jennifer Benson resigned. And then on May 5 for Harvard’s Town Election to fill seats on the Select Board, School Committee, Library Trustees, and Warner Free Lecture Trustees, as well as the position of town moderator. Mark your calendars. It’s a year in which we’re called to exercise our democratic muscles.