November 8 2016

How Did Burlington Vote in the 2016 Fall Election?

By: Rich Hosford

On Tuesday, Burlington residents, like voters across the country, went to the polls to cast ballots in the fall election. 


Burlington had a strong showing with about 84 percent of voters casting ballots. So how did Burlington vote in the election? We have the preliminary numbers from Town Clerk Amy Warfield. 


In the presidential race Burlington voters went with Hillary Clinton with 7,551 votes to Donald Trump’s 5,413 votes. Residents also cast 553 votes for the Gary Johnson/Bill Weld ticket and 122 for Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka. 


The big competitive local race was for the 21st Middlesex State Rep. seat. Burlington voters cast 7,270 votes for incumbent Ken Gordon, D-Bedford, and 6,086 votes for Republican and Burlington residents Paul Girouard. Gordon also garnered more votes in Bedford but lost in Wilmington Precinct 3. In total Gordon won the district with 12,967 votes to Girouard’s 9,100 according to preliminary vote totals. 


On the ballot questions Burlington residents mostly voted no, with the exception of giving farm animals more room in their enclosures. 


On Question 1, which would allow an additional slot parlor in the state, Burlington had 8,195  “no” votes to only 5,179 “yes” votes. 


On Question 2, which would allow 12 more charter schools in the state each year, Burlington voters cast 8,884 “no” votes and 4,918 “yes” votes. 


On Question 3, which would prohibit certain methods of farm animal containment, Burlington had 10,680 “yes” votes to only 3,075 “no” votes. 


On Question 4, which would legalize recreational marijuana use for people over 21 years of age, Burlington voters cast 7,615 “no” votes and 6,253 “yes” votes. 


There were also some uncontested races. Burlington voters cast 10,265 votes for Congressman Seth Moulton, 9,518 votes for State Sen. Ken Donnelly, 10,011 votes for Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and 9,696 votes for Councillor Marilyn Petitto Devaney. 

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