Mass. legalizes recreational marijuana, rejects raising charter cap
Clerk's office unofficial summary | Town precinct results
UPDATED, Dec. 2: Arlington voters cast ballots for unopposed state candidates and for ballot issues as well as presidential hopefuls on Tuesday, Nov. 8, as they overwhelmingly favored Hillary Clinton.
Nationally, however, the story was far different, as Donald Trump was declared the 45th president about 3 a.m. Nov. 9. With 99.68 percent of precincts reporting nationwide on Dec. 2, Clinton led the popular vote by more than 947,000, but trailed in electoral votes, 290 to 232 (270 wins), BostonGlobe.com reports. Other sources, such a Politico.com, report a much higher difference (greater than 2 million votes).
Below are Arlington's unofficial numbers for 21 of 21 precincts, reported by BostonGlobe.com at midnight Nov. 8.
Turnout in the 2016 presidential election was 82.98 percent of 32,291 registered voters.
Unofficial ballot-question results in Arlington, reported by BostonGlobe.com at midnight Nov. 8 (21 of 21 precincts):
Massachusetts Ballot questions, 1 - Expand Slot Machine Gaming
Voting at Peirce School (precincts, 17, 19 and 21) was reported as proceeding smoothly early, but voters in precincts 16 (Dallin) and 7 and 9 (Chestnut Manor) reported lines following issues with ballot boxes.
Note new polling locations for Precincts 13, 15, and 17 for Nov. 8.
Find the current four on the state attorney general's website >>
Here are further details about each of the ballot questions:
No. 1: More slots licenses
A 'yes' vote would allow a second slots parlor to exist in Massachusetts. A "no" vote opposes this proposal.
The Boston Globe has reported that a "secretive" developer who has been buying property near Suffolk Downs hopes to build a luxury hotel and gambling facility there. Opposed is Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo, whose city would be directly affected. Remaining neutral are other gaming figures in the state who would face increased competition should the ballot initiative succeed, The Globe reports.
No. 2: More charter schools
A "yes" vote supports this proposal to authorize as many as 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education per year. A "no" vote opposes this proposal.
The state Democratic Party opposes lifting the charter cap, aligning with many significant supporters, including several state teachers' unions, most prominently the Massachusetts Teachers' Association.
Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and several Democratic lawmakers support lifting the cap and allowing more charter schools in Massachusetts. Great Schools Massachusetts has begun a million-dollar campaign for a "yes" on the ballot. The New York Times on Aug. 21.21 reported another side to the story: "Condemnation of Charter Schools Exposes a Rift Over Black Students."
No. 3: More free-range chickens
A "yes" vote favors prohibiting the sale of eggs, veal or pork of a farm animal "confined in a cruel manner." A "no" vote opposes the measure.
Question 3 would define "confined in a cruel manner" as "confined so as to prevent a covered animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending the animal’s limbs, or turning around freely." Massachusetts' Attorney General would be responsible for enforcing the law. A maximum fine of $1,000 could be levied for each violation.
Animal-welfare advocacy group Citizens for Farm Animal Protection is the coalition supporting the ballot initiative. The egg industry says the requirements fly in the face of logic, not to mention the laws of supply and demand. The Atlantic magazine reports on both sides of the issue >>
No. 4: Regulate, tax marijuana
A "yes" vote supports allowing the use, cultivation, possession and distribution of recreational marijuana for those 21 or older. A "no" vote opposes this proposal.
Pursuing for this issue The Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The Globe reports that against the measure is a bipartisan group of powerful politicians, including the state's governor, Boston's mayor and more members of the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts.
The last day to register to vote for this election was Wednesday, Oct. 19. For local candidates, see the September primary results below.
Early voting for the Nov. 8 election only was held in Town Hall on Monday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Nov. 4.
Koutoujian, Devaney win in Sept. 8 state primary
The state primary election was held Thursday, Sept. 8, on an unusual day and amid low turnout of 9.97 percent.
Democrat Peter J. Koutoujian of Waltham beat Barry S. Kelleher of Wilmington for Middlesex County sheriff, and Marilyn Devaney topped the District 3 Governor's Counsil vote, according to unofficial returns reported by the town's website.
In town, Marilyn Devaney of Watertown had 52 percent, William Humphrey had 26 percent and Peter Georgiou had 21 percent. Koutoujian had 84 percent and Kelleher 15.
See the precinct summaries here >>
Secretary of State William Galvin had predicted an 8- to 10-percent turnout statewide.
All other candidates on the Arlington ballot were unopposed and won.
Primary-election candidates >>
U.S. Representative, 5th District: Kathryn M. Clark, Melrose
State Senate, 4th Middlesex District: Kenneth J. Donnelly, Arlington
State Representative, 23rd Middlesex District: Sean Garballey, Arlington
State Representative, 24th Middlesex District: David M. Rogers, Cambridge
Middlesex County sheriff
Peter J. Koutoujian, Waltham (incumbent)
Barry S. Kelleher, Wilmington
Councillor, 3rd District
Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney, Watertown (incumbent)
Peter Georgiou, Lincoln
William B. Humphrey, Newton
Republicans (no candidates in any of the Arlington districts)
Green-Rainbow (no candidates in any of the Arlington districts)
United Independent Party (no candidates in any of the Arlington districts)
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Polling Locations, including changes because Stratton is undergoing renovation >>
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If you cannot get to the polls, you can still vote by absentee ballot. Download it here >> Absentee ballots will be counted if they are in the hands of the clerk's office in Town Hall by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. Election Day. If you have picked up one or had one sent to you, but you have not yet returned it, you can drop it off on or before Election Day. You cannot deliver an absentee ballot to a polling place on Election Day.
If you prefer, you may request to vote in person before Election Day. You may vote at the Town Hall before Election Day at a time arranged with the clerk, but application for your ballot must be made no later than noon of the day before the election.
A voter may apply for an absentee ballot and then vote over-the-counter during the same visit.
Need a ride to the polls? The League of Women Voters of Arlington provides rides to the polls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Email the league at info[@]lwva.org or call 781-354-0907 the week of the election.
Online voter registration available: Massachusetts residents who have a Massachusetts driver's license or state ID card can handle their voter registration online at the Secretary of State's secure website >>
-- Apply to register to vote in Massachusetts;
-- Change your name or address for voter-registration purposes (required any time you move);
-- Enroll in a political party, change your party enrollment or unenroll from a party; and
-- Check your current voter-registration status in Massachusetts.
Information submitted will be verified by matching it to the Registry of Motor Vehicles database. If you don't have a driver's license or state ID, or if you prefer to register by mail, print the registration form and mail it to your local election official. In Arlington, that is Stephanie Lucarelli, town clerk, 730 Mass Ave. Arlington, MA 02476.
The deadline to register to vote in any election is 20 days before the date of the election.
Minuteman funding approved
Called by the Minuteman Regional School Committee to obtain approval for the $144,922,478 funding of its proposed new district school. The successful June 14 Arlington debt-exclusion vote was related only to Arlington's plan for paying for its portion of this potential project. This separate special election is based on the Minuteman Regional School Committee's need to obtain districtwide approval for the funding of this project.
Main town website election link >>
This information was published Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, and updated Dec. 2.
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