Woonsocket residents have until 8 tonight to vote in the city's final off-year mayoral election.
The contested races, with state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt challenging incumbent Mayor Leo Fontaine and 14 candidates competing for seven City Council seats, are drawing moderate turnout on a clear but unseasonably cold day.
By 3 p.m., the city Board of Canvassers reported 3,865 votes had been cast, representing about 15 percent of the city's electorate.
While Baldelli-Hunt won the Oct. 8 four-way primary with 66 percent of the vote, making her the favorite in today's final, Fontaine launched a strong get-out-the-vote effort over the campaign's final weekend in a push to close the gap.
Under a city charter change, tonight's winners will serve three-year terms, in order to align city elections with future general elections.
Stay with woonsocketcall.com this evening for additional updates, and read tomorrow's Call for the last word on tonight's results.