YourArlington -- which has published online, unscientific polls since 2006 --asked residents how they expected to vote in the March 28 town election on the ballot question asking whether they favor adding five all-alcoholic beverage licenses, from 15 to 20.
According to unofficial figures, voters favored the measure, 1,957 to 539, or 78 percent to 22 percent.
In an online poll conducted from 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 9, to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, resulted in these responses:
Yes (94 votes or 87.04%)
No (12 votes or 11.11%)
I won't vote. (1 vote or 0.93%)
I don't care. (1 vote / 0.93%)
The ballot question said: Shall the Board of Selectmen be authorized to grant an additional 5 licenses for a total of 20 licenses in the Town of Arlington for the sale of all-alcoholic beverages by restaurants and function rooms having a seating capacity of not less than 50 persons?
Summary of question: At the request of the Board of Selectmen, the 2014 Annual Town Meeting voted to ask the Legislature to authorize placement of this question on the 2015 annual election ballot, which the legislature did. This ballot question asks the electorate to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue up to 5 additional licenses (for a maximum total of 20) for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises in restaurants or function rooms that can seat at least 50 people.
Currently, the Board of Selectmen is authorized to issue up to 15 licenses, and to date, all 15 of these licenses have been issued. A “yes” vote on this ballot question would authorize, but not require, the Board of Selectmen to issue up to 5 additional licenses for a maximum of 20 total licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises in restaurants or function rooms that can seat at least 50 people. A “no” vote would make no change in existing licensing of sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises. This question does not affect package stores.
These poll results were published Sunday, March 29, 2015.