They came and they voted, but not enough of them. Of Bedford's 12,839 registered voters, 5,511 showed up for Tuesday's special election. Three- quarters of those voters favored a proposal to build a high school and continue sending students to Manchester while the school is being built.
But according to state law, in a special election convened by a school district, at least half of registered voters must vote in order for the results to be valid. Tuesday's turnout fell 909 shy of the 6,420 needed.