Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The different-sized special town and state ballots appear to be jamming in some of the machines, delaying the process at some precincts.
Needham's two ballots appear to be causing some problems with ballot boxes at some of the town's precincts. By 2 p.m. on Election Day, at least three ballot machines had malfunctioned, Town Clerk Tedi Eaton said. “We’ve had a lot of problems. Precinct H was down—we got that up and running. A had a problem—we got that up and running. G, I’m waiting for them to come from my vendor with another machine, so that one’s down,” she said. Eaton said part of the problem appeared to be the fact that two different sized ballots were being fed into the machines. The ballot for Needham's special election is the size of a regular piece of computer paper, while the state ballot is much longer. “One’s this size and one’s this size, and people are trying …
Friday, September 7, 2012
A look at the local results from Thursday.
The local results of Thursday’s State Primary mirrored statewide numbers as Needham and Massachusetts voters alike chose Democrat Joe Kennedy III and Republican Sean Bielat to go head-to-head in the race for Congressman Barney Frank’s Fourth District seat in the Nov. 6 election. In Needham, Kennedy won the Democratic nomination with 2,126 votes, easily beating opponents Rachel Brown (110) and Herb Robinson (88). Bielat took the Republican nod in Needham, with 734 votes over opponents Elizabeth Childs (196) and David Steinhof (42). Needham residents also voted with the statewide trend in the contested Democratic race for Second District Governor’s Council. Democrat Robert Jubinville took the most votes in Needham—632— followed by Brian …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Patch will announce the winner of the race for U.S. Representative and Governor's Council as soon as numbers are in.
Updated at 9 p.m. Fourth Congressional District candidates Joe Kennedy III and Sean Bielat won handily in Needham in today's State Primary, according to unofficial results released just before 9 p.m. Statewide results are still pending. In Needham, Kennedy won the Democratic nomination with 2,118 votes, easily beating opponents Rachel Brown (110) and Herb Robinson (86). Bielat took the Republican nod in Needham, with 734 votes over opponents Elizabeth Childs (196) and David Steinhof (41). In the race for Governor's Council, Robert Jubinville took the most votes in Needham, 628, followed by Brian Clinton (475), Bart Timilty (376) and Patrick McCabe (212). Unofficial results are based on the tally sheets posted at each of the 10 precincts in…
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Town Clerk: Voter turnout on April 10 was at about 20-25 percent.
After winning the selectman’s race in Tuesday’s Town Election, Matt Borrelli will be sworn in to office tonight, at the board’s next meeting. Borrelli took about 56 percent of the votes in the contest against Michael Greis for a two-year term on the Board of Selectmen, receiving 2,453 votes to opponent Michael Greis’s 1,864 votes (42 percent) and winning nine of the town’s 10 precincts. Greis beat Borrelli only in Precinct I, where he received 275 votes to Borrelli’s 267. Borrelli heard the results at a post-election party held at New Garden restaurant on Chestnut Street, where he was waiting with his wife Alison, campaign manager Louise Miller and other supporters. “We were just ecstatic as the precincts came in,” he said. “We knew that …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Results of today's Town Election will be posted soon on Needham Patch.
The polls officially closed at 8 p.m. for Needham's 2012 Town Election. Early reports have the voter turnout at between 10 and 15 percent, although an official tally has not yet been announced. Check back with Needham Patch for results as soon as they become available this evening.
Polls have been 'steady' at most precincts, workers say.
More than 1,400 Needhamites had cast their ballots as of 2 p.m. on Town Election day, with a turnout that several at the polls referred to as "steady." By noon, 169 votes had been cast at Precinct F, located in the Stephen Palmer Senior Center. Over at Precinct A at Hillside Elementary School, 110 votes had been cast by about 12:30 p.m., while Precinct B had 177. Lou Picariello, who was holding signs outside Hillside for Park and Recreation Commission candidate Dave DiCicco and selectman candidate Matt Borrelli, said he thought the traffic had been slow. "I think there have been more people coming to pick up their kids at the school than voting," he said. By about 1:10 p.m., at Mitchell Elementary School, Precinct J had a vote count of 210…
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Nearly 80 percent of local Republicans picked Mitt Romney for the nomination; overall, turnout was low, at about 15.3 percent
While covering 10 precincts, keeping six different ballots separate and adjusting to recent changes in polling locations kept Needham Town Clerk Tedi Eaton and her staff busy on Tuesday, the polls themselves weren't all that active for Needham. Just 3,150 voters turned out to vote on Super Tuesday, about 15 percent of those registered in Needham, and a far cry even from the last presidential primary in 2008, when about 11,570 Needhamites voted, according to Eaton. Although, in 2008, both the Republican and Democratic ballots were full as candidates in both parties vied for the presidential nomination. This year, the primary focus was on the Republicans. With more on the line for their party, 2,300 Needham Republicans showed up to the polls…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Former Massachusetts governor easily took the local Republican nomination in a Super Tuesday marked by low voter turnout
Needham Republicans followed the rest of the commonwealth on March 6 in picking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to be the party's candidate in the 2012 presidential election. Romney easily won the nomination in Needham, taking 1,837 of the 2,300 Republican votes cast—about 80 percent of the Republican vote. Overall, voter turnout in Needham was low, with 3,150 voters, or about 15.3 percent of those registered, showing up to the polls. Along with the 2,300 Republicans who cast their ballots on Super Tuesday, 845 Needham Democrats and five residents registered to the Green-Rainbow Party voted. Needham Patch will have the full precinct-by-precinct results on the site as they are available.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Members attend the League of Women Voters’ warrant discussion as a prelude to the May 2 gathering.
About 75 voters got a good look Monday night at the items they would be deciding at the May 2 annual Town Meeting during the League of Women Voters of Needham’s annual warrant discussion meeting. Held at Pollard Middle School, the event provided a chance for Town Meeting representatives—or any interested neighbors—to review the official 2011 Town Meeting and special Town Meeting warrants, ask questions and discuss some of the issues before sitting down to do business next week. League member Debbie Winnick said the discussion, a tradition in Needham, helps voters come prepared and move the meeting along once it starts. “If people come in having an idea of what they’re thinking and understanding the warrant articles, then we don’t get so …