Last Monday night, it took 35 minutes for enough registered voters and residents of Bourne to show up to Special Town Meeting to get the meeting started.

The town’s bylaws state that the necessary quorum for Town Meeting is 125 registered voters. So why, in a town of just about 20,000, did it take the chairman of the select board going down the hall to the Bourne High School volleyball game and asking people to please come to Town Meeting to meet the requirement of a mere 125 people?

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