Somerville 2012 Election results
With 35,062 ballots cast, Somerville saw a voter turnout Tuesday of about 71 percent.
The following are election results from the city of Somerville:
3rd Party Candidate
U.S. Congress District 7
MA House DISTRICT 26th Middlesex
MA House DISTRICT 34th Middlesex
Question 1: 'Right to Repair'
Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication
Question 3: Medical Marijuana
Question 4: Community Preservation Act in Somerville
Races in Somerville
Scott Brown (R), Elizabeth Warren (D): U.S. Senate
- Elizabeth Warren Wins U.S. Senate Seat in Massachusetts
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 (51.9 percent) to her 1,058,682 votes (47.1 percent).
- Capuano Wins Reconfigured Seventh Congressional District
Capuano, former mayor of Somerville, has been Somerville's conressman since 1999. He currently represents the 8th Congressional District, but redistricting puts his seat in the 7th Congressional District. He is running against Romero, an Independent from Boston.
Timothy Toomey (D), Thomas Vasconcelos (R), Mike Connolly (I): Mass. House, 26th Middlesex
- Toomey Wins Reelection to State House of Representatives
In what may be the most exciting local race in Somerville this year, Toomey, who's represented East Somerville and East Cambridge since 1993, is up against two challengers: Mike Connolly, a Progressive Independent who's running a "no money" campaign, and Thomas Vasconcelos, a young Somerville Repubilcan running as a fiscal conservative. Fine more on the race here.
Carl Sciortino (D), David Rajczewski (R), Mass. House, 34th Middlesex
- Sciortino Wins Fifth Term to State House of Representative
Sciortino has represented West Somerville, Winter Hill and the southern part of Medford since 2004. He's up against a Rajczewski, a Medford Republican.
- With 414 of 474 precincts reporting at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Koutoujian had received 390,704 votes and Petrone had received 116,264 votes, according to Boston.com.
Koutoujian, a former state representative and assistant district attorney, was appointed sheriff in 2011 after former sheriff James DiPaola committed suicide. He faces off against Petrone, a corrections officer in the sheriff's department.
Denise Provost (D), Mass. House, 27th Middlesex District
Provost has represented Somerville since 2006. She is running unopposed.
Patricia Jehlen, (D), Mass. Senate, 2nd Middlesex
Jehlen, a former state representative, was first elected to the state senate in 2006. She is running unopposed.
- Question 4 Passes in Somerville
Question 4 in Somerville asks voters if the city should adopt the Community Preservation Act.
Election Day Coverage
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Somerville Updates From The Polls
8:25 p.m.: Polls closed at 8 p.m. At Ward 7, Precinct 1, the last handful of people were putting ballots into the machine at about 8:15 p.m. There was no line of people still waiting to vote. About 1936 people cast ballots in that precinct, which represents a 70 percent turnout (87 percent if you count only active voters and not inactive voters.) Earlier on Tuesday, the city of Somerville Tweeted it was expecting a turnout of up to 80 percent.
4:20 p.m.: If you've voted and felt like there were more people at the polls than in 2008, you're probably right.
According to Somerville's election office, there are 49,041 registered voters for this year's election. In 2008, there were 44,673. In other words, there are 4,368 more potential voters this year than in 2008.
4 p.m.: Things have been moving slowly but smoothly at polling locations in Somerville Tuesday, according to election officials. As of about 3:30 p.m. there had been a few reports of jammed machines—where ballots get stuck in the machines and need to be unstuck—but no reports of broken machines or other significant problems. Lines were moving relatively quickly between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., but elections workers were expecting lines lengthen again as voters show up at polls after work.
1:20 p.m.: Just voted in Ward 7, Precinct 1. The whole experience took 15 minutes, even though the line looked long. Poll workers are expecting another wave of people after work.
One police officer stationed at a different polling location said, earlier this morning, that he and his colleagues were expecting a late night. Police officers physically escort ballots from polling locations to City Hall once polls close. That usually happens at around 9 p.m. Tonight, they've been told it might not happen until midnight. -- CO
11:50 a.m.: The city of Somerville is urgently seeking volunteers to work polls. Here's a post from the 311 Somerville Facebook page:
"NEED YOUR HELP WITH THIS ONE, FOLKS. PLEASE 'LIKE' & SHARE SO MORE PEOPLE SEE THIS
Somerville is still in urgent need of polling place helpers. Come to City Hall anytime today to be sworn in & to be given an assignment. Mainly we need poll greeters to walk the lines and make sure people have the info they need and are at the right polling place. Please just come to City Hall or call 617-625-6600 x4204 if you have questions (and keep trying if it's busy).'
10:55 a.m.: Somerville voters on Twitter were reporting shorter lines at polling locations in the city after about 10:30 a.m.
Flu shots: one voter reported getting a flu shot as she waited in line at the Council on Aging on Holland Street. (That's killing two birds with one stone. — CO)
10:20 a.m.: Long lines, some as long as an hour and a half, were the theme at polling locations throughout much of Somerville Tuesday morning as voters waited to cast ballots.
By 10 a.m. the lines seemed to be subsiding a little, though they still snaked out doors and down hallways at polling locations around Somerville.
At Ward 5, Precinct 3, which votes at the fire station on Highland Avenue, the man at the front of the line, shortly after 9:30 a.m., said he'd been waiting for an hour and 20 minutes. The line was "longer than it was four years ago," he said.
By 9:55 a.m., Ward 2, Precinct 1, which votes at the Argenziano School, had already experienced a turnout of 491, with voters still lined up in the hallways. A man who had just voted said he waited for about an hour.
8:25 a.m.: There have been long lines at Somerville polling locations Tuesday morning. In Ward 7, Precinct 1, which votes at 167 Holland St., lines were down a hall, down two flights of stairs, down another hallway, then doubled back toward the staircase. There have been reports of long lines out the doors at Ward 3, Precinct 1, Ward 5, Precinct 3 and Ward 7, Precinct 3.
Somerville election officials were expecting a record turnout in this year's election. Visit this page throughout the day for updates from the polls.
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