More than half of all Mashpee residents who voted in the town elections on Tuesday, June 23 voted by mail.
The election, postponed from its originally scheduled date on May 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saw 899 residents voting in person compared with 849 voting early by mail and 224 voting absentee by mail.
Those who showed up to vote in person were required to wear a mask on entering the Quashnet School gymnasium, where voting stations for each of the five precincts were set up.
“It went pretty well considering,” Town Clerk Deborah Dami said. “It was hot, and unfortunately the masks made it hotter.”
Ms. Dami said that in-person voters did not face much of a wait and the line did not grow longer than one or two people.
“The layout is probably what we’ll be looking at in the fall unless the legislators, who are looking at it at the moment, decide that there will be no in-person voting at all,” she said.
When polls closed at 8 PM, a small crowd of candidates and supporters—many of whom had spent much of the day outside the polling location—migrated just inside the gymnasium doors to hear the results.