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Turnout Running High in Tiverton's First Financial Town Referendum

As of 4 p.m., Tiverton already has more than 1,300 ballots cast.

The election season atmosphere prevails throughout Tiverton on Tuesday for its first financial town referendum (FTR), and campaigners and voters are out in force.

For the town's fiscal year 2012-13 budget, residents are voting to approve either Budget #1, proposed by the Budget Committee, or Petitioner's Budget #2, proposed by Town Councilor David Nelson.

"It's better than going to the financial town meeting," said resident Debbie Behan after casting her ballot at the . "It's a better use of voters' time."

According to VFW Moderator Hennry Taylor, they had approximately 640 ballots cast at 2:20 p.m. Charlene Cirillo, moderator at , said approximaely 302 ballots were cast at 2:45 p.m. Both moderators said the flow has been steady all day.

And according to a member of the Board of Canvassers, had approximately 351 ballots cast by 2:45 p.m. There are also approximately 27 mail ballots returned, according to the .

Voters overwhelmingly approved ridding the town of its decades old FTM structure.

Town Clerk Nancy Mello gave a run down on Monday regarding the protocol staff members take when .

Check back with Patch when the polls close for the immediate results!

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