WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — In a 19-town race, Westborough was edged by Upton for the highest voter participation over five elections dating to March 2011.
Highlighted by the 79 percent turnout in November's presidential election, the average of the past five elections came in at 29.43 percent in Westborough, while Upton had 29.9 percent, according to a statement.
The prize for winning the Senator Louis Bertonazzi Outstanding Citizenship Award is $1,000, which Upton can use in "any way it sees fit" to boost voter turnout in future elections.
"The purpose of the citizenship contest is to incentivize communities to look more carefully at how they exercise the hard-earned freedom to vote that has been handed down to them by the courage and sacrifice of so many who came before them," said the statement.
Upton will also receive a plaque indicating the victory, and a “Best Voting Community 2011-2012” banner.
The contest also included Nortbridge at 26.79 percent, Auburn at 26.05 percent and Grafton at 25.28 percent.
(Correction: Upton was inaccurately listed at 29.3 percent, corrected to 29.9 above.)