The budget challenges the town faced this year translated into town meeting attendance that was higher than average. On the first night of town meeting, 377 residents filled the seats at Trottier. The second night, which traditionally has a much lower attendance rate, saw 244 residents turn out.
The total turnout across the two nights was 621, that’s the second highest attendance in the last decade. The only year that saw a bigger turnout was 2005 (anyone remember what was going on that year?).
There are about 6,500 registered voters in Southborough. That means on day one of town meeting, 5.7% of the voting population made decisions for the whole town. On day two, 3.7% made the decisions. Those are some powerful numbers.
Here’s a historical look at town meeting attendance.