EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — This election day comes nearly three weeks after an East Longmeadow candidate for state representative was charged in connection with an absentee voter fraud scandal. The case against Jack Villamaino prompted the state to place monitors in the town for Tuesday’s general election.
Those election monitors reported no irregularities thought the morning. That was the word from a spokesperson for Secretary of State William Galvin’s office. East Longmeadow Town Clerk Tom Florence expected it to stay that way.
“Things have gone very smoothly in light of everything that’s happened this past year,” said Florence. “People I think want to come out more than ever to vote. No hiccups. No issues at all.”
Florence hopes the presence of state election monitors helps restore voters confidence that the town can run proper elections.
“That’s one of the most important things that we wanted to do in the clerk’s office,” said Florence. “And I think in the few months past since some incidents happened, we’ve done that.”
State election monitors were also present during September’s primary election.