October 29 2014

State Election Voting Guide

By: Rich Hosford

It’s about time to head to the polls and cast your vote. 


The 2014 State Election is Tuesday, November 4. All voting districts in Burlington vote in the Burlington High School gymnasium. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


Anyone interested in voting but who will not be in town on Tuesday can apply for an absentee ballot at the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall until Monday, Oct. 3 at noon. 


Voters in Burlington will have quite a few votes to cast. Locally there is a race for the 21st Middlesex District State Representative race between Democratic incumbent Ken Gordon and Republican challenger Paul Girouard. There is also a race to fill outgoing long-time congressman John Tierney’s seat in the 6th District, contented over by Democrat Seth Moulton and Republican Richard Tisei. 

Sen. Edward Markey’s seat, which he won in a special election after Secretary of State John Kerry took his new job and left the Senate, is being contested by Republican Brian Herr. 


Other races are for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Councilor and Register of Probate. 


Uncontested races include Senator in General Court (Ken Donnelly) and Middlesex District Attorney (Marian Ryan). 


Burlington Town Clerk Amy Warfield said in a release that voter turnout is expected to be high for this midterm election. 


There are also five ballot questions, four on the state level and one local question. The state questions include a proposal to stop pinning the state’s gasoline tax to the Consumer Price Index, expanding the bottle bill, prohibiting the issuance of gaming licenses for casinos and to allow state employees to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions. The local question, which is non-binding, asks voters if they believe the state representative should call for a resolution stating that rights protected under the U.S. Constitution are for natural persons only and that both Congress and the states may place limits on political contributions and spending. 


See a sample ballot here


Of the over 15,000 registered active voters, approximately 8,000 are expected to cast their ballots in the upcoming State Election,” she said. “In anticipation of the high turnout, town officials have devised a traffic flow and parking plan.”


Elderly, handicapped, and temporarily disabled voters have reserved parking at the poll entrance at the gym. 


“It would be very helpful to the police to place a sign on the driver’s side dashboard indicating elderly or handicapped so that you can drive straight through to the poll entrance,” Warfield said. 


All other voters will be directed to park at the student parking lot #1 . See the map below for the parking plan. 


The lightest voting hours are 8 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., Warfield explained. 


There will be no through traffic allowed around the school except for those authorized to park at the entrance.  School is not in session on Tuesday.

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