Monday, November 12, 2012
If appointed, a special election would be held to fill Kerry's seat.
President Obama is considering appointing Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry as the Secretary of Defense, according to the Washington Post. Cabinet changeups are standard fare at the start of a second presidential term. Kerry, who is believed to want the Secretary of State job, would replace current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, according to the Post. If appointed, Kerry would have to resign from the Senate and a special statewide election would have to be held to fill his seat. However, appointing Kerry to either seat could have political implications — it could mean the risk of losing Kerry's Senate seat in Massachusetts to Republicans, according to the New York Times. Obama not only would have to decide whether to risk Kerry's …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
U.S. Senator Scott Brown will leave office in January. What should he do next?
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, was defeated Tuesday by first time candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat. Warren will take office as the state's junior senator in January. She'll replace Brown, who was elected in a special election in January 2010 when he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley. In his concession speech on Tuesday night, Brown told his supporters that "defeat is only temporary." As soon as the race was called, analysts began suggesting Brown may run for Massachusetts governor in 2014 or would seek the state's other U.S. Senate seat if Senator John Kerry is named Secretary of State under President Barack Obama in his second term. What should Brown do next? Tell us in the comments.
The final numbers show strong support for Democratic names on the ballots.
More than a quarter of Wayland's eligible voters had cast their ballots by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. It was a pace that set the tone for the remainder of the day. Wayland hit 50 percent voter turnout by 2 p.m. and, by the time polls at Wayland Middle School and Wayland Town Building closed at 8 p.m., 8,292 ballots, that's 89.3 percent of Wayland's 9,279 registered voters, had been cast. But how did Wayland vote? Well, the lean is decidedly Democrat. In fact, in every contested race, Democrats carried the day in Wayland. And when it comes to ballot questions, Wayland voters passed all of them with which they were presented. The details are below: Precinct 3
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters made decisions on car repairs, assisted suicide and medical marijuana in the statewide election.
Question 1: Right to Repair Voters approved the “Right to Repair” ballot question, which would give consumers more choices when fixing a car in today's election. According to numbers on boston.com, 85 percent of voters approved the question, with 51 percent of the state reporting at 10:15 p.m. The initiative requires automakers to make computer software codes for repairs more accessible to independent repair shops and car owners by 2015. But in July, state legislators devised a compromise that would give carmakers until 2018 to comply with the new law, according to a Boston Globe report. By approving Question 1, voters trumped that compromise and enacted the “Right to Repair” act as written on the ballot. “Voters sent a clear message to …
Democrat Elizabeth Warren beat incumbent candidate Scott Brown in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.
Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has beaten incumbent Republican candidate Scott Brown for a seat on the U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press. Warren is won by a margin of eight percentage points, 54 percent to 46 percent, making her the first female senator elected in Massachusetts. An estatic Warren addressed a crowd of hundreds of excited supporters at the Copley Fairmont Plaza hotel in Boston on Tuesday night. "We did what everyone thought was impossible," she said. "We taught a scrappy, first-time candidate how to win." "You took on the powerful Wall Street banks and let them know that you want a Senator out there fighting for the middle class all of the time," she said. "And despite the odds, you elected the first …
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Obama-Biden 71 61 Elizabeth Warren Edward Markey Stay with Wayland Patch all day as we update this article with news and information from the polls and live election results as they come in after polls close. Scan down for information about the races themselves. 4:45 p.m. -- We hear that this is the time when polls traditionally get busy in Wayland. In fact, one poll worker said she understands the entire day's numbers can double between about 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. That likely won't happen today as Wayland has already recorded well over 50 percent voter turnout. Still, let us know what you're seeing at the polls. Are you standing in line or breezing right on through? Upload your photos and leave your comments below. 3:20 p.m. -- Our …
Polling places for today’s election.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Below are the polling places for the town of Wayland. About 40 addresses changed precinct as of Dec. 31, 2011. Check your precinct here. Precincts 1 and 4 - Gymnasium of Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road Precincts 2 and 3 - Gymnasium of Wayland Middle School, 201 Main Street A special note: If you happen to be voting at Wayland Middle School, the seventh graders will have a bake sale table set up where voters can purchase homemade goods. Proceeds from the bake sale will go toward the annual holiday community service project.
Some last minute reminders before you head to the polls in Wayland today.
1. When to Vote. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. As long as you're in line by 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote. When it comes to getting in line, however, as my mother used to say, "Don't push it." 2. Where to Vote. Wayland has only two voting locations. Precincts 1 and 4 vote in the gymnasium at the Wayland Town Building, while precincts 2 and 3 vote in the gymnasium at Wayland Middle School. Precincts are based on your address and a PDF list is available here. 3. Absentee Ballots. If you're voting absentee, your ballot must be turned in at the Wayland town clerk's office (41 Cochituate Road) by the time polls close at 8 p.m. 4. Where Can I Find Results? Well, here on Wayland Patch, of course. We'll be visiting both …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Here's a list of the candidates you will see on the ballot. Check the attached PDFs to see sample ballots.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Here is a list of the candidates on the Wayland ballots for the Nov. 6 election. For additional information about the races, check out the Wayland Patch Election Guide 2012. Candidates are listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballot. Among Wayland's four voting precincts, the candidates are identical with the exception of the race for Representative in General Court. Precincts 1, 2 and 3 will have Tom Conroy (D) on the ballot, while Precinct 4 will be voting on Alice Peisch (D). The two races are noted in the information below and both sample ballots are attached to this article as PDFs.
Find out what a yes or no vote on Question 3 will mean.
On Nov. 6, Wayland voters will join Massachusetts voters in being asked to vote on three questions along with the state and federal political races. Question 3 is regarding the legalization of medical marijuana. "This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says. According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for patients to smoke marijuana if it is recommended by a doctor. A "no" vote would make no change to the current law and keep the practice illegal. This Patch article offers a brief synopsis of Ballot Question 3. All …