Editorial: Preliminary thoughts

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Worcester holds its preliminary election Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The field of 16 at-large candidates for City Council will be pared to 12. In addition, the field for the District 2 City Council seat will be halved to two.

If history is any indication, the outcome will hinge on voter turnout and that turnout figures to be low. The 2013 general election attracted only 14.4 percent of registered voters. Tuesday’s is a primary election, and it is being held the day after a long weekend.

Many theories exists as to why voter turnout in municipal elections is historically low and dropping. They range from reasonable to conspiratorial.

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