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20 ideas for a better, more inclusive government in Worcester

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WORCESTER — Almost half of Worcester’s 181,000 residents are registered to vote. But 86 percent of those residents chose not to take part in the most recent municipal election. For those who do vote, options are limited.

According to the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Since 2005, the city has only required preliminary elections for city council twice, in 2007 and 2011. There has not been a need for a preliminary election for School Committee in the past 10 years.

“Sixty-six percent of people who run for School Committee make it onto the School Committee,” Timothy J. McGourthy, executive director of the research bureau, said.

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