Massachusetts Primary Tally ~ September 1, 2020

With special thanks to Town Clerk Bridget Rodrigue, the staff in the Town Clerk’s office, and the poll workers who conducted a socially distanced and masked election from 6 am to 8 pm and then counted votes until 11 pm on Election Night.

Total Ballots Cast ~ 4,611

Democratic ~ Total Ballots Cast, 3864

Senator In Congress
Edward J. Markey, 2611
Joseph P. Kennedy, III, 1236

Representative In Congress
Seth Moulton, 2772
Jamie M. Belsito, 349
Angus G. McQuilken, 635

Councillor
Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney, 3062

Senator In General Court
Michael J. Barrett, 3283

Representative In General Court
Kenneth I. Gordon, 3378

Register Of Probate
Tara E. Decristofaro, 3079
Republican ~ Total Ballots Cast, 721

Senator In Congress
Shiva Ayyadurai, 228
Kevin J. O’Connor, 364

Representative In Congress
John Paul Moran, 512

Green Rainbow ~ Total Ballots Cast, 13

Libertarian ~ Total Ballots Cast, 13

Bedford’s Polls are Open and the Count is Underway

A scant crowd, fewer than a dozen, waited for the doors to open at Bedford’s polling place in the John Glenn Middle School shortly before 7 am on Tuesday morning.

Town Clerk Bridget Rodrigue note that in-person early voting had been strong, and mail-in voting was even stronger.

The Citizen will be checking back throughout the day, bringing you pictures and vote total updates.

TUESDAY is PRIMARY DAY ~ Bedford’s Polls Open at 7 am and Close at 8 pm

If you’ve been waiting to cast your Massachusetts Primary ballot at the polls on Election Day, tomorrow is fast approaching.  All four of Bedford’s precinct vote in the gymnasium at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road, and the polls are open from 7 am ’til 8 pm on Tuesday, September 1.

And, if you’ve been waiting until the last minute to make up your mind, here are the links you’ll need to make up your mind:

Who’s on the September 1 Massachusetts Primary Ballot?

We already know that mail-in and early voting in Bedford have been strong, but there are still residents who have not cast their ballots.

Don’t let Tuesday’s Massachusetts Primary slip by — there is a lot at stake. Here’s a quick rundown of the candidates at the top of each primary ballot.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. Get to the polls and VOTE!

Mail-in and Early Voting Underway

Almost 20 percent of the town’s 10,416 registered voters already have cast their ballots for Tuesday’s state primary election.
 
Town Clerk Bridget Rodrigue said Wednesday morning that her office mailed about 3,500 ballots, as requested, and so far roughly half have been returned. In-person early voting has begun at Town Hall, and after a weekend turnout of 64, more than 100 voters showed up Monday and Tuesday.
 
“And this is just a warmup for November,” Rodrigue exclaimed.
 
If you’re looking for a partial score, forget it: Vote-counting can’t legally begin until election day, Tuesday, September 1, when they will be run through the tabulator at John Glenn Middle School, the polling location for all four Bedford precincts.

Why I Vote ~ Personal Reflections, Part III

You may have heard that the upcoming election is the most important election ever. It is, but they all are because America’s democracy rests on active engagement by all its citizens.

The Bedford Citizen’s tribute to the Class of 2020 ended with an article reminding the class to join the ranks of registered voters. The idea of voting for the first time is exciting, so we’re sharing those ‘first vote’ stories again as Massachusetts gears up for its September 1 Primary.

In today’s installment, you’ll hear from Teri Morrow, Jennifer Harrington, Lalitha Gunturi  Ranganath, Gene Kalb, and Laura Bullock.

Early Voting in the Massachusetts Primary Began on Saturday

The Massachusetts Primary is underway with early voting in the Reed Room at Bedford’s Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way. Several dozen voters, arriving singly and in family groups, cast their in-person ballots in the first hour and a half.

Early voting will resume on Sunday, from 10 am until 2 pm, then from 8 am to 7 pm on Monday, August 24; from 8 am until 4 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; the last day for early voting will be Friday, August 28, with the polls open from 8 am until 1 pm at Town Hall.

Letter to the Editor: Supporting Angus McQuilken

I have a confession to make. I haven’t been paying attention to the 2020 elections. This, despite being a self-described political activist. There is just too much going on (#coronavirus) and I know I will vote down party lines. So there I was, sitting down late at night to fill out my mail-in primary ballot, and I filled in the bubble for Seth Moulton without even thinking. Luckily, some synapses fired just in time for me to recognize that there were two other candidates listed. The gears in my head started firing.

VOTE ~ A New PSA Tells How via Bedford TV and YouTube

The League of Women Voters of Bedford and Bedford TV have again collaborated to produce a public service announcement for an important upcoming town election.

This one focuses on the upcoming elections on Primary on September 1 and the General Election on November 3, highlighting early voting for each election, voting by mail, and in-person voting at the polls.

Introducing Bedford Town Clerk Bridget Rodrigue

Global pandemic. Historic elections. Urgent new responsibilities. For Bedford’s new town clerk, its bring-it-on time.

Bridget Rodrigue, who grew up in Bedford, began serving as town clerk on July 21. Town Hall is open by appointment only, but that doesn’t deter the steady stream of town clerk clients.

“People come in all the time,” Rodrigue reported. “There has been an increase in marriage intentions. People request birth and death certificates, and business licenses. We just started this year’s dog licensing. The clerk’s office is really constantly busy.”

The Massachusetts primary election on September 1 and the presidential election on November 3, with early voting for each, are high priorities. Rodrigue is meeting the challenge head-on.

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Promotes Civic Engagement Among Returning Citizens

With the Massachusetts primary election less than a month away, Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today announced the preliminary results of an ongoing effort to help enhance civic participation amongst returning citizens.

Between November 4, 2019, and August 4, 2020, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) facilitated 119 voter registrations involving individuals preparing to leave the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction. Of that total, approximately 90 percent indicated they were not registered – or did not believe they were registered – prior to their incarceration.

Why I Vote ~ Personal Reflections, Part II

You may have heard that the upcoming election is the most important election ever. It is, but they all are because America’s democracy rests on active engagement by all its citizens.

The Bedford Citizen’s tribute to the Class of 2020 ended with an article reminding the class to join the ranks of registered voters. The idea of voting for the first time is exciting, so we’re sharing those ‘first vote’ stories again as Massachusetts gears up for its September 1 Primary.

In today’s installment, you’ll hear from Dot Bergin, Caroline Fedele, Mitch Evans, Doug Muder, and Ginni Spencer.

6th District Democrats to Debate on Thursday, August 13

The Democratic candidates in Massachusetts’ Sixth Congressional District primary election on September 1 are incumbent Seth Moulton, and challengers Jamie Zahlaway Belsito and Angus McQuilken. They will debate twice before the election, once tomorrow evening and again on August 18.

Why I Vote ~ Personal Recollections, Part I

You may have heard that the upcoming election is the most important election ever. It is, but really they all are because America’s democracy rests on active engagement by all its citizens. The Bedford Citizen’s tribute to the Class of 2020 ended with an article reminding the class to join the ranks of registered voters. The idea of voting for the first time is exciting, so we’re sharing these ‘first vote’ stories again as Massachusetts gears up for its September 1 Primary. In today’s installment, the first in a series of three, you’ll hear from Meredith McCulloch, Susanne Durato, Sarita Pillai, Bob Dorer, and Sandra Hackman.

Election 2020 ~ Massachusetts Voter Choices in the September 1 Primary

In response to Covid-19, the Massachusetts Legislature passed legislation earlier this month to provide options for voting that will assure that the September 1 State Primary and the November 3 General Election can be held in a manner that will provide for the safety of voters and poll workers, ease the workload of local election officials, and create confidence in the conduct of these elections.

Vote by Mail is Now the Law of the Commonwealth

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature last week to pass a bill that expands voter access and ensures voters have safe voting options for all remaining 2020 elections, including the September 1, 2020 state primary and November 3, 2020, general election, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The bill became law on Monday after receiving Governor Charlie Baker’s signature.

The legislation establishes a vote-by-mail option and an early voting period for the upcoming fall elections. In addition to those options, the bill also addresses polling place safety for those who choose to cast their ballots in person. 

Letter to the Editor: Supporting Sen. Ed Markey

As a young person in the 21st century, my highest priority is the environment. If we do not have a safe environment in the future, nothing else we do matters. Therefore, I will be voting for Senator Ed Markey on Primary Day, September 1st, and on election day, November 3rd. He continues to fight hard for many bills to protect the environment; he co-authored the Green New Deal alongside Representative Ocasio-Cortez; this resolution creates jobs in renewable energy, a joint solution to our economic and environmental crises, refuting the narrative that we must choose between the environment and the economy. While it has not yet been passed, its ideas have already changed the conversation.