(UPDATED With Results, 9 p.m.) 2016 Tewksbury Election Day Live BlogApr 02, 2016 01:24PM ● By Bill Gilman
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It's Election Day 2016 in the town of Tewksbury!
Welcome to our Election Day Blog.
We will be providing updates throughout the day with news, information and images. Check back frequently for the latest updates.
Of course, our coverage will conclude this evening with the results from today's races, as well as reactions from the candidates.
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Election GuideClick here for the Your Tewksbury Today 2016 Municipal Election Guide. Includes polling locations, candidate statements, endorsements and links to the Selectmen and School Committee debates and the YTT Candidates Night.
Weather or not?Polls opened in Tewksbury at 8 a..m. and not long after that the rains came. Candidates and their most-steadfast supporters have braved the raw conditions to hold signs at the various polling locations, but the rains have taken their toll on early voting numbers.
As of 1 p.m., approximately 1,200 voters had cast ballots, which represents slightly less more than five percent of the town's registered voters.
Polls will close at 8 p.m.
Burning up the phone lines
While the rain has stopped, mid-afternoon, voter turnout remains spotty at best. What this means to the candidates is that the value of every individual vote is skyrocketing.
One source, close to one of the campaigns, said there has been very little chatter, as none of the candidates feel especially comfortable at this point. Rather, this person said, campaign staffers are burning up the phone lines, trying to mobilize their core supporters and get as many of them out to the polls as possible.
"It's anyone's race with turnout this low," said the source.
Stronach feels comfortable back in the saddle
The wet weather has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Selectman candidate Anne-Marie Stronach. Seeking to re-assume a seat she once held, before stepping aside three years ago, Stronach said she is feeling energized on this Election Day.
"Love seeing all the people out and about," she said. "Lots of energy, which is great. I'm enjoying the day, talking to everyone.
Ferdinand shows concern for campaign volunteers
While many campaign volunteers stood out for hours holding signs on a cold, rainy Saturday, the team working for Board of Health Candidate George Ferdinand has had the day off, sort of.
"I notified our team, last night, with the temperature drop and rain, we would pass on holding signs," said Ferdinand. "Late last night I placed another 15-20 signs around town in strategic places."
Ferdinand said he and his team have a positive feeling about the voting today, as he tries to land one of two open seats on the board.
Last-minute rush of voters?
After being extremely slow for much of the day, some observers are reporting a late rush of voters. One person at Town Hall said it was busier the last two hours then it had been all day.
You still have a few minutes to cast your ballot and make your voice be heard!
Change of Venue
After spending time at Wamesit Lanes this morning and Dunkin' Donuts this afternoon, I have changed the base of operations for Your Tewksbury Today Election Coverage to the Meeting Room at Town Hall for the final stretch.
Polls close at 8 p.m. and results generally take about 30-45 minutes to start being announced.
As for voter turnout, as of 6 p.m., an estimated 2633 voters had cast their ballots or roughly 13 percent of registered voters. That figure comes courtesy of Selectman Mark Kratman, who has been making the rounds of the polling locations.
Live Results and Reactions ... Hopefully
Your Tewksbury Today plans to broadcast the Ward by Ward Election Results and post-election reactions from some of the candidates on Periscope! Hopefully. To be honest, this is a new tool for us but we are very hopeful. You can follow this on your computer, I-Pad or Smart Phone.
The Final Results
The votes are in and they have been counted. However, one race may need to be recounted.
Anne Marie Stronach has won her way back onto the Board of Selectmen and was the top vote-getter with 1,882. Todd Johnson holds his seat, taking second with 1,774. Rob Rosa was third with 1,136.
In the hotly contested race for School Committee. Krissy Polimeno was re-elected to a third term with 1,703 votes, while Arthy Bennett won the open seat, taking second place with 1,381. She was followed by Keith Sullivan (1,157) and Erin Knyff (925).
In the race for Planning Board, Stephen Johnson was re-elected, defeating Stephen Deackoff, 1,473-984.
But the most interesting result is in the race for Board of Health, where three candidates ran for two open seats. Anthony Boschetti, DDs won one of those seats as the top vote-getter with 1,576. Unofficially, George Ferdinand won the second seat with 1,264. But Atty. Robert Scarano was just four votes back with 1,260.
It remains to be seen if Scarano will ask for a recount.
That's all for tonight. A full write-up with candidate reactions will appear on yourtewksburytoday.com in the morning.