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Waltham turnout ahead of 2005 off-year election

Posted by Tom Coakley  November 3, 2009 03:04 PM

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Turnout in Waltham was higher by mid-day today than the last off-year election in 2005 as voters headed to the polls to select at-large city councilors, School Committee members and ward councilors.

As of 2 p.m., 3,819 people had voted, according to City Clerk Rosario C. Malone. He
said the turnout in 2005, the last election that did not have a mayoral race, was 3,741 by 2 p.m.

Overall, Malone said he expects between 6,500 and 7,000 of the city's 35,145 registered voters to cast in races for six at-large City Council seats, which has 11 candidates, and three School Committee seats, with four candidates. Only four of nine ward council elections are contested.


"We’re not sure yet if the total will be higher than in 2005 because we have several hours to go. It changes, it picks up," said Malone.

The clerk said that the heavier turnout at midday may have come because there were more challenges in ward elections.

"The weather was perfect, I think that helped to raise it a little bit,'' Malone said. "My guess was, and ill stick with it, between 6,500 and 7,000 voters will come out total."

The candidates for at-large City Council seats are incumbents Paul Brasco, Sarafina “Sally” Collura, David Marcou, Kathleen McMenimen, and Thomas Stanley and challengers Doris Donovan, Kenneth Doucette, Diane LeBlanc, Eugene O’Brien, Howard Rock, and Joe Vizard.

In the race for the School Committee seats are incumbent Robert Cincotta, and challengers Susan Burnstein, a former committee member, David Matayabas and Lisa Limonciello.

The polls are open until 8 p.m. tonight.

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