Friday, December 11, 2009
Coakley, Brown win Carlisle’s Special Primary for U.S. Senate
Martha Coakley won the Democratic Primary and Scott Brown swept the Republican field in Carlisle’s Special Primary Election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator Ted Kennedy held Tuesday, December 8 at Town Hall. Statewide, the Boston Globe reported that Coakley won with 47% of the Democratic vote and Brown captured 89% of the state Republican vote.
In Carlisle, Coakley received 412 ballots, while the runner-up, Michael Capuano received 236. Alan Khazei received 219 votes and 70 votes were cast for Stephen Pagliuca. Brown garnered 193 votes in the Republican contest, far ahead of Jack E. Robinson, who received 16. One voter cast a write-in vote for Coakley on the Republican ballot.
The Libertarian ballot contained no printed candidates, however a handful of write-in votes were cast for: Stephen Pagliuca (2), Joe Kennedy (2), Michael Capuano (1) and Martha Coakley (1).
A total of 1,155 votes were cast for the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian Parties. Town Clerk Charlene Hinton said that there was a small amount of confusion over the blank Libertarian ballot and the fact that there was no ballot for the Green Party. She explained the Green Party “didn’t get enough votes in the November election to remain a party. Every state has it’s own rules.”
According to Hinton, there were about 25 people in line when the polls opened at 7 a.m. She said the election ran “very smoothly” with a “constant but manageable stream of voters all day.”
Hinton and Assistant Town Clerk Irene Blake were helped by Election Warden Kerri Piette, Deputy Election Warden Rochelle Landon and 30 volunteers who helped in shifts from when the polls opened in the morning until the votes were tallied over 12 hours later.
The General Election for U.S. Senate will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. The last day to register to vote is Wednesday, December 30, when the Town Clerk’s office will remain open until 8 p.m. Absentee ballots for the General Election will be accepted until Friday, January 15. Hinton notes that annual standing requests for absentee ballots are expiring and anyone who wishes to renew the request for next year must sign up again. ∆
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