Election Day is Done ~ It’s All Over But the Counting

Bedford’s polls closed with a small flurry of activity at 8 pm on Tuesday, as election workers began to put their workspaces in order.

Town Clerk Bridget Rodrigue said the count isn’t official yet, but Tom Larkin, holding a sign for his favored senatorial candidate, said that he heard that 4,000 votes were cast around 7 pm.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Letter to the Editor: Recent Bedford Election with National Significance

Bedford’s Town Election on March 14 turned out to have unexpected national significance. Not only was Bopha Malone the first minority candidate to win election to Bedford’s Select Board (as far as anyone seems to know) it has also been discovered that she was only the second Cambodian American woman in the entire country ever to win election to public office. This is clearly a big win for Cambodians everywhere, but especially in the eyes of young Cambodian American women.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Those Who Voted in Saturday’s Town Election, from Mark Siegenthaler

I am writing to thank all those who voted in Saturday’s town election, and to express my appreciation to those who helped me and supported my campaign. 

I am pleased to have run a race based on my experience and expertise.  I think candidates should run in a way that is honest, comfortable and consistent with their values while offering realistic ideas to address our community’s needs. 

Bedford Votes ~ The 2020 Town Election ~ March 14, 2020

Bedford’s polls opened at 8 am, but the voters were sporadic until mid-morning when the traffic picked up dramatically according to reports. At noon, Precinct One had tallied 400 ballots, and traffic into and out of JGMS seemed brisk.

Pre-election organization paid off: Voters were socially distant, wipes and pens were plentiful. Town staff were on hand, election workers were helpful, and voters seemed ebullient, with a whiff of “We’re getting this done” in the air.

Polls are open until 6 pm tonight (Saturday, March 14, if you’re reading this later!) The Citizen plans to be on hand to report the preliminary vote totals.

Watch Sunday’s Candidate Forum on YouTube!

If you couldn’t be part of Sunday’s live audience for the Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Bedford, you are invited to watch this video produced by Healey, Jessie, and Taevy who are young students at Bedford TV:

Tomorrow is SUPER TUESDAY ~ That Means it’s TIME TO VOTE!

Polls will open at 7 am on Tuesday, March 3, for the 2020 Massachusetts Presidential Primary. All four of Bedford’s precincts vote in the gymnasium at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road. Click this link for directions to the polls.

Voters who are blind or suffer from impaired vision may choose to vote independently using the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal – click this link to learn more.

Of Bedford’s more than 10,000 voters, fewer than 10% voted in last week’s early voting, so there are a lot of people eligible to vote tomorrow. Parking may be limited, but don’t let that get in your way!

Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You: The 2020 Bedford Voters Guide and Annual Town Meeting Preview

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”          Franklin D. Roosevelt

An important town election is coming up on Saturday, March 14 and then the Annual Town Meeting begins on Monday, March 23.

At The Bedford Citizen, we’re taking Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words to heart. As soon as the lawn signs started to appear, The Bedford Citizen began working with the Bedford League of Women Voters to create our first Bedford Voters Guide.

Early Voting Total Exceeds 800 ~ Now, On to Super Tuesday

Early voting in the Massachusetts Presidential Preferential Primary ended at 1 pm on Friday, with 854 Bedford voters participating.

On Thursday, 180 voters cast ballots raising the to-date total to 650 at 4 pm on Thursday. Another 204 voted on Friday, between 8 am at 1 pm to increase the total to 854.

Empowering Voters at the Bedford Polls

While being an independent voter can indicate a party preference, voter independence in Bedford has another meaning: empowerment for voters with disabilities. 

Thanks to support from the American with Disabilities Act, Bedford has an AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal. The terminal makes independent voting possible for voters with disabilities through its use of assistive technology to mark an optical scan ballot.

An Invitation to Submit Letters to the Editor about Bedford’s 2020 Town Election

With a contested race for Selectman and other important races on the ballot for Bedford’s March 14 Town Election, we invite residents to share their thoughts and opinions through Letters to the Editor published in The Citizen and shared on social media.

Letters will begin to post on Tuesday, March 3, in the order of their receipt. Letters that arrive after 12 noon on Friday, March 13 will not be posted.

Bedford’s Early Voting is Underway ~ 188 Ballots Cast on Monday

By the time the polls closed on Monday evening, 188 Bedford voters had cast their ballots in Massachusetts’ 2020 Presidential Primary.

Early voting continues on Wednesday and Thursday, February 26 and 27, from 8 AM to 4 PM, and on Friday, February 28, from 8 AM until 1 PM.

Citizen of the Year Jeff Hoyland was among the first to arrive at the polls and Tweeted, “As Citizen of the Year. I had to vote on the first day available. Lead by example.”

Behind the Scenes ~ The Bedford Citizen’s 2020 Voters Guide

An important town election is coming up on March 14, and at The Bedford Citizen, we’re taking Thomas Jefferson’s words to heart.   As soon as the lawns signs started to appear The Bedford Citizen started working with the Bedford League of Women Voters to create our first Bedford Voters Guide.