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November 14. 2012 1:32PM

Nashua broke two of its own election records last week

NASHUA - An unprecedented amount of city residents showed up at the polls last week to vote, as Nashua broke two of its own election records.

"This was the highest number of voters to turn out for any city election," Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said of the Nov. 6 general election.

Overall, 42,743 ballots were cast during the presidential election, according to Lozeau, who called the turnout "amazing."

On the day of the election, a record 7,310 residents completed new voter registration cards, which is about 2,000 more newly registered voters compared to the presidential election four years ago, said City Clerk Paul Bergeron. "It was a number that even I did not expect," he said.

Prior to the Nov. 6 election, there were about 46,600 registered voters in Nashua, but by the end of Election Day, there were 53,916 registered voters, according to city officials.

"That equals a 79.3 percent turnout," said Lozeau. "That is just wonderful. When we see numbers like this, I think it is something to be proud of."

Lozeau praised local residents for taking the time to vote last week, and she thanked Bergeron and his staff for working diligently to ensure a smooth election process. "On Election Day, all of that planning paid off," she said, thanking him publicly during a Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday.

A total of 3,423 absentee ballots had to be counted last week during the election. Bergeron said that number was similar to four years ago.

Ward 8 Alderman Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja, who helped during Election Day, said several volunteers spent the entire day buried behind desks dealing with the massive amount of absentee ballots.

Melizzi-Golja, along with several other aldermen, also thanked the city clerk and his staff for a tremendous effort in keeping the lines moving, seeking additional registration cards when necessary and trying to keep everyone content.

"I think we all appreciate the city clerk," added Brian McCarthy, board president.

Alderman-at-Large Lori Wilshire said the voting lines at the Ward 4 polling site were incredible, adding she was pleased to see such a great turnout on election day.

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