With 3 of the 5 elections in the 2011-2012 Senator Louis Bertonazzi Foundation “Best Voting Community” contest complete, a close race exists among the 19 competing communities.
Upton, Mendon and Westborough are running neck and neck among the leaders. Most of the other towns make up the middle of the pack. And at this point, Uxbridge, Oxford and Sutton are trailing the field.
Fortunately for all 19 towns, there are 2 elections left in which to take over the lead—the September Primary and the November Election.
After the 2011 local elections were held, Mendon, Upton, Bellingham and Auburn were ahead. The Presidential Primary in March 2012 saw Westborough, Hopedale and Upton with the highest percentage of turnouts. And the 2012 local elections were led by Westborough, Upton, Southbridge and Northbridge.
The present combined totals of all 3 elections are listed in our chart in the overall order of all the standings (at the end of this article). The voter turnout for the upcoming September Primary and November Election will determine the 19 town voter competition winner for 2011-2012.
The town with the highest percentage of registered voters who actually cast their vote in the 5 combined elections will be declared the winner of the Senator Louis Bertonazzi Foundation 2011-2012 “Best Voting Community” Award.
The Town Clerk and Board of Registrars will be given a check for $1000 and a plaque will be given to the Board of Selectmen. The Townspeople will receive a large banner proclaiming the town’s outstanding display of citizenship.
Thus the next 2 elections provide an additional strong incentive for all voters in each of the 19 towns to exercise their voting privilege—a privilege won and protected by the sacrifice of so many over the years.
The Senator Louis Bertonazzi Foundation Board of Directors are Dr. Carl DiGregorio, Chairman; Michael Diorio, Treasurer; Attorney David Bertonazzi, Clerk; Cynthia Casey, Thomas Cullen, Gail Crimaldi, Joseph Nigro, Patrick Niro, Stanley Nalewajko, members; and Louis Bertonazzi, ex-officio.
Community standings to date: