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Tuesday, November 5, 2008

 

It’s official - Carlisle sheds “dry” status


Carlisle voters turned out in large numbers to cast their ballots on November 4 in an unusual election with far-reaching local, state and national ramifications. A total of 3231, or 86% of the town’s 3740 registered voters participated.

The sale of beer and wine is permanently allowed in Carlisle, as voters passed Ballot question 4 at the election on Tuesday by a margin of 2333 to 852. State regulations required residents to approve the question three times, and this was the final vote, after earlier passage in 2004 and 2006. The Selectmen have been allowed to grant licenses during the interim years and Ferns Country Store has a license for off-premise sales, contingent upon completion of their planned store expansion.

In the presidential race, Carlisle mirrored the nation, giving Democrat Barak Obama 2102 votes, compared to 1052 votes for Republican John McCain. John Kerry won re-election to the United States Senate and Nicola Tsongas won another term in the House of Representatives. In Massachusetts contests, State Senator Susan Fargo and State Representative Cory Atkins were both re-elected. Marilyn Petitto Devaney was re-elected as Councillor for the Third Middlesex District, and Tara DeCristofaro was elected Register of Probate for Middlesex County (see tables.)

Question 1, to eliminate state income tax, failed in Carlisle with 1113 votes in favor and 2090 against. Carlisle residents voted 2241 to 949 on ballot Question 2 to decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. Question 3 to outlaw dog racing passed 2178 to 966 in Carlisle. With 86% of the precincts reporting statewide, the Boston.com reported Massachusetts voters were expected to defeat Question 1 and pass Questions 2 and 3.

Table 1. Carlisle Registered Voter Party Affiliations
Unenrolled (unaffiliated with any party): 2183
Democratic: 943
Republican: 600
Libertarian: 8
Green-Rainbow: 5
Independent third Party: 1
Total registered voters: 3740.

Table 2. Preliminary Election Results November 4, 2008
Total votes cast – 3231

President and Vice President:
Obama and Biden (Democratic) – 2102
McCain and Palin (Republican) – 1052
Nader and Gonzales (Independent) – 30
Barr and Root (Libertarian) – 14
Baldwin and Castle (Constitution) – 4
McKinney and Clemente (Green-Rainbow) – 4
Blank – 18
Other - 7

Senator in Congress:
John F. Kerry (D, candidate for Re-election) – 1963
Jeffrey K. Beatty (R) – 1106
Robert J. Underwood (L) – 97
Blank – 65

Representative in Congress:
Nicola S. Tsongas (D, candidate for re-election) – 2449
Blank – 763
Other - 19

Councillor:
Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney (D, candidate for re-election) – 2064
Blank – 1159
Other - 8

Senator in General Court:
Susan C. Fargo (D, candidate for re-election) – 1905
Sandra B. Martinez (R) – 1174
Blank – 152

Representative in General Court
Cory Atkins (D, candidate for re-election) – 2078
Richard P. McClure (I) – 907
Blank – 243
Other - 5

Register of Probate
Tara E. DeCristofaro (D) – 2091
Blank – 1132
Other - 8

Question 1 to repeal Massachusetts income tax:
Yes – 1113 No – 2090 Blank – 28

Question 2 to decriminalize possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana:
Yes – 2241 No – 949 Blank – 41

Question 3 to prohibit dog racing:
Yes – 2178 No – 966 Blank – 87

Question 4 to allow sale of beer and wine in Carlisle:
Yes – 2333 No – 852 Blank – 46

 


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