(UPDATED) Election Day Notebook: Long Lines At The Poles, Close Races Bring Out Voters
Nov 04, 2014 02:11PM
By Bill Gilman
Voters cast their ballots at the Tewksbury Library.
(Editor's note: Your Tewksbury Today's coverage of Campaign 2014 is sponsored by Jon Ryan's Pub's, Where Fresh is the Standard, with locations in Tewksbury and Billerica.)
Welcome to our ongoing coverage of Election Day 2014 in Tewksbury.
We will be updating this notebook through the afternoon and evening with news and information.
Are you out and about, holding signs, voting or working the polls? Tell us what you are seeing and hearing. Send us photos. You can leave your info in the comment section, email Bill@yourtewksburytodaytoday.com or text your info and photos to 978-855-3372.
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- I'm now hunkered down here at Jon Ryan's pub, getting ready to start our live blogging of Election Night coverage. It should be a fun night. I'm at a table over in the corner near the patio. Feel free to come on down, grab an adult beverage and a bite to eat and chat politics. The boneless wings are excellent! Actually everything on the menu is excellent.
- Condolences to state rep candidate and former Tewksbury Selectman Doug Sears. Fomer gubernatorial candidate and Boston City Councilor John Sears passed away today. Doug was in Boston much of the early part of today with his family before returning to Tewksbury this afternoon to cast his ballot.
- The voter turnout today could be a record breaker for a mid-term election. Turnout was a whopping 75.6 percent in 2012 for the Presidential Election. This won't go that high but it should easily top 2010. One voter said the lines for Wards 3 and 3A at the Assembly of God Church were the longest he had ever seen. There was a line of cars waiting to get into Wards 4 and 4A at the Library.
- Best visual of the day --sign holders at the Recreation Center were on both sides of Livingston Street. For drivers hearding toward East Street, the Republican supporters were on the "Right" and the Democratic supporters were to the "Left."
- A report from a voter who just cast a ballot at the Senior Center says the numbers of ballots looks this way as of 3 p.m. -- Precinct 1 – 704 votes, Precinct 1A – 712 votes. That's solid numbers, considering the after-work rush hasn't come yet.
- Just spoke with Republican Senate candidate Alex Vispoli, who says he has been bouncing around the four towns in the district, working for every last-minute vote possible. All indications are this will be close.
- We've added a couple of new photos from some banner-holders on the Town Common.
- Just a reminder that polls will be open until 8 p.m. and if you aren't sure where to vote, here is the info you need:
Precinct 1 Senior Center 175 Chandler St.
Precinct 1A Senior Center 175 Chandler St.
Precinct 2 Recreation Center 286 Livingston St.
Precinct 2A Recreation Center 286 Livingston St.
Precinct 3 Lowell Assembly of God 995 Andover St.
Precinct 3A Lowell Assembly of God 995 Andover St.
Precinct 4 Library 300 Chandler St.
Precinct 4A Library 300 Chandler St.
If you wish to verify your voter registration status or have any questions, please phone the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-640-4355. You may verify your precinct and voter registration status on the internet at:
- Voting thus far has been steady, if not heavy, at Tewksbury's four polling locations. What has been light early on has been the number of sign holders. It may pick up later but at around 1 p.m. there were very few sign holders at the Senior Center and the Library.
- State Senate Candidate Barbara L'Italien made an appearance in Tewksbury this afternoon, shaking hands and greeting voters outside the Recreation Center polling place. L'Italien, who is in a tough fight with Republican Alex Vispoli, said she had been in Lawrence and Andover earlier in the day.
- Vispoli and his supporters will have their post-election party at Andolini's Restaurant in Andover, while L'Italien and her supporters will gather at The Claddagh Pub in Lawrence. This actually speaks volumes of the campaign. Vispoli will be looking to carry the Republican towns of Dracut, Andover and Tewksbury convincingly enough to offset what should be a comfortable L'Italien win in heavily Democratic Lawrence. Don't expect an early concession in this race.
- The weather is almost perfect for a November Election Day. Temps in the high 50's and no precipitation.