Voters across Southern New Hampshire are going to the polls Tuesday to choose candidates for school and town boards.
Voters are also considering school and town budgets, warrant articles, and special petitioned requests as part of the state’s annual Town Meeting season.
Though some town officials are expecting a lower turnout compared to November’s election, when state and federal officials were chosen, poll workers Tuesday morning said they’ve seen a steady stream of voters.
In Salem, election workers thought it would be fairly busy, considering several hot button issues on the ballot: a proposal for new turf on Grant Field, a redistricting petition that would explore a new way of electing local people to the state House of Representatives, and a push for an additional water source for the town.
Tanya Donnelly, director of Canobie Lake Protective Association, stood outside Fisk Elementary School in Salem Tuesday morning, holding a sign supporting the water proposal. It asks voters to authorize the town to purchase drinking water rights of up to 1.5 million gallons per day from Manchester Water Works.
“This is needed badly,” Donnelly said. “It will help with future growth, sustainability, expansion.”
Sign-holders like Donnelly were at poll locations across Southerh New Hampshire Tuesday morning under sunny skies.
The past two local elections in New Hampshire occurred during poor weather, inducing snowstorms, but this year’s sunshine is keeping everyone in higher spirits.
“I’ll be here (for most of the day,)” said Donnelly cheerily.
In Atkinson, interim Town Clerk Bonnie Jordan was hopeful the turnout would be higher than in last year’s election.
“Last year, we had about 700-something (voters,)” Jordan said. “So hopefully we’ll go beyond that because we had that snowstorm last year.”
By 10 a.m. Tuesday, more than 200 people had voted in Atkinson.
Polling locations and voting times in area towns are as follows:
Atkinson: Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St., open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Danville: Danville Community Center, 169 Main St., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Derry: Districts 1 and 4 at Gilbert H. Hood, Middle School, 5 Hood Road 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Districts 2 and 3 at West Running Brook School, 1 West Running Brook Lane, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hampstead: Hampstead Middle School, 28 School St., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Londonderry: Londonderry High School gym, 295 Mammoth Road, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kingston: Swasey Gymnasium, 178 Main St., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Newton: Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Road, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pelham: Pelham High School, 85 Marsh Road, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Plaistow: Pollard School gym, 120 Main St., 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Salem: Ward 1 at Fisk School, 14 Main St.; Ward 2 at Soule School, 173 S. Policy St.; Ward 3 at Barron School, 55 Butler St.; Ward 4 at the Senior Center, 1 Sally Sweets Way; and Ward 6 at North Salem School, 140 Zion Hill Road; all open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sandown: Sandown Town Hall, 320 Main St., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Windham: Windham High School auditorium, 64 London Bridge Road, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.