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Springfield's Top Election Official Looks To Boost Turnout Tuesday


Steps are being taken in a bid to boost voter turnout Tuesday in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Hoping to improve on the September preliminary election when just over 7-and-a-half percent of Springfield’s registered voters went to the polls, signs will be put at 35 selected intersections Tuesday that read “Vote Today” in both English and Spanish.

 Additionally, Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola-Lopez said robocalls will be placed to each household in the city on the eve of Election Day.

"Maybe having several different techniques will  improve turnout," said Oyola-Lopez.

There are contested races in Springfield for mayor and city council, but Oyola-Lopez said the campaigns haven’t generated much public excitement.

About 500 absentee ballots have been requested – 300 more than were cast in September.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.