Malden Election Results 2012: Turnout Just Under 70%
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UNOFFICIAL 2012 MALDEN ELECTION RESULTS
|Race||Democratic Candidates||Results||Republican Candidates||Results||3rd Party Candidate||Results|
|U.S. Congress District 5||
|Question 1: 'Right to Repair'||Yes||15,533||No||2,973||Blank||2,613|
|Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication||Yes||10,846||No||8,399||Blank||1,874|
|Question 3: Medical Marijuana||Yes||11,666||No||7,437||Blank||2,016|
|Question 4: Non-binding resolution re: political spending (Ward 5, Preccinct 2 only)||Yes||1,003||No||315||Blank||454|
|Question 5: Non-binding resolution re: federal policy (Ward 5, Preccinct 2 only).||Yes||1,024||No||327||Blank||454
Scott Brown (R), Elizabeth Warren (D): U.S. Senate
Scott Brown has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since a January 2010 special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy. Brown defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley with 1,168,107 votes, or 51.9 percent, to her 1,058,682 votes, or 47.1 percent.
Ed Markey (D), Tom Tierney (R): 5th Congressional District
Ed Markey has been the Congressman representing Winchester for the past 36 years. He faces off against Tom Tierney, a 69-year-old consulting actuary and consumer activist. In 2010, Markey defeated Republican Gerry Dembrowski by about a 2-to-1 margin.
Malden Updates From The Polls
10:40 a.m.: We're receiving mixed reports from people who either waited in long, but steady lines, and others who said they were "in and out" while voting this morning.
On Twitter, resident Fran Brown said she was the 60th voter at Forestdale School this morning, despite arriving at the station just shortly after the 7 a.m. opening.
"No line at Ferryway when I got there but went after 900am," Scott Saia said on Facebook.
"Hit the charter school at 8:25, back in the car at 8:35," @messrock tweeted.
How are the lines at your polling station? Let us know in the comments.
12:05 p.m.: Turnout was picking up around noon at Ferryway School, with this reporter experiencing about a 10 minute wait to vote.
However, when the polls opened, the line went out the front door to the street, Obama supporter and retired Medford Firefighter Ed Bryan said.
He held signs for both Elizabeth Warren and Pres. Barack Obama, and, when asked, produced a list of 8 reasons why he supported the President's re-election.
"It's a long story," he grinned.
Of particular interest to Bryan: a report that said the President has spent less money than any other modern President, though his detractors may note the both houses of Congress are controlled by the GOP.
Bryan said he was also concerned about the future of labor unions and their influence.
Malden City Councillor Neal Anderson was also seen leaving the voting box, saying he voted a straight Democratic ticket.
"It's nice to see the enthusiasm inside," he said. "...That's what our democracy should be all about."
Anderson said he intended to attend the President's "victory party" in the South End tonight.
12:45 p.m.: Just learned that Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) will be visiting the city at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, at the Laborers Local 22 at 35 Highland Ave in Malden.
According to the press release, she will be thanking phone bankers at the local.
1:15 p.m.: Be sure to bring cash to the polls! Many local youth groups are selling baked goods and other items to raise money. One reader recommends the pumpkin whoopie pies at Ferryway School.
2:00 p.m.: Elizabeth Warren was scheduled to make her last regularly scheduled campaign stop in the city today, but arrived and left earlier than the time listed on a press advisory.
A campaign representative at the Laborers Local 22 said the hustle and bustle of Election Day campaigning left Warren with a sporadic schedule.
2:20 p.m.: Polls seem to be slowing down a bit. One person was seen holding a Christopher Fallon sign outside of City Hall this afternoon, with no visible supporters outside of Beebe School.
2:35 p.m.: One reader asks that we advise voters to bring photo IDs to the polls, though we should note they are not required to vote in Massachusetts.
Instead, the reader notes her vote was challenged because she failed to fill out the 2010 census. Lacking a photo ID, she had to wait in line to have her address and name listed on the ballot for later verification by election officials, and waited to spare others the wait.
"Apparently I forgot to fill out the census and didn't bring an ID because I never had to before," she said. "There was a long line at the challenge table so I'm sure most people did not bring an ID for the same reason (I never do)."
"I'm sure (city clerk Karen) Anderson will make sure my vote counts," she added.
3:00 p.m.: Did you catch Sheriff Koutoujian and State Sen. Katherine Clark in Malden today? A Koutoujian volunteer sent us a photo of the two outside of Beebe School.
4:33 p.m.: Malden City Clerk Karen Anderson said that polling had gone smoothly so far, with some "minor problems" that were quickly addressed.
She said turnout was "about what she expected," and noted Malden had already seen about 50%.
"I think we are going to hit 75-80% tonight," she said. "...Things have quieted down in the last couple of hours but I think that...once people start getting out of work, it will pick up again."
Anderson said 75-80% was not unusual for a Presidential election in the city.