November 7 2016
Burlington Election Guide and Coverage Roundup
By: Rich Hosford
It has finally arrived.
Voters will be heading to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election.
We put together this Burlington voters’ guide for any residents that may have last-minute questions.
First, the voting location will be at Burlington High School and the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. With an expected high turnout, the polls may be quite busy and parking could get tight at peak times. Town Clerk Amy Warfield has created a parking map that you can find here to help navigate once you arrive at the high school campus.
Along with the vote for president, residents of Burlington can cast ballots in the 21st Middlesex State Rep. race between incumbent Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and challenger Paul Girouard (R-Burlington) for the 21st Middlesex State Rep. Seat.
We have two debates/forums for anyone trying to decide between the two candidates.
There are also four ballot initiatives voters can weigh in on this year. They are as follows:
Question 1 would allow the Gaming Commission to issue an additional slots license.
Question 2 would authorize the approval of up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education per year.
Question 3 would prohibit certain methods of farm animal containment.
Question 4 would legalize recreational marijuana for individuals at least 21 years old.
For a quick take on the details of the questions check out this BNEWS Special with BNEWS Anchor Phil Gallagher and BNEWS Director Rich Hosford going through them one by one.
We also have this news piece on a discussion of Ballot Question 4 that took place at a Board of Selectmen meeting:
- - Youth & Family Services Director, Police Chief, Outline Concerns of Legalized Marijuana to Selectmen
Letters to the Editor:
We’ve also received two Letters to the Editor, both in opposition to Ballot Question 4.
- - Letter to the Editor: Vote No on Question 4
- - Letter to the Editor: In Opposition to Ballot Question 4
Close of Polls
We will have the results of the 21st Middlesex District race as soon as possible after the polls close Tuesday night. We’ll also have a rundown of how Burlington residents voted in the presidential race and on the ballot questions.