LINK BELOW TO OBTAIN THE INFORMATION (You must vote at the Brookline Town Clerk’s Office prior to the day of the election (absentee) or, on the day of the election, at the polling location associated with your registered address). Absentee ballots are available approximately 20 days prior to the election.http://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx For other states go to the website of the Elections Department Deadline for Change of Address or Registration for May 5, 2015, Brookline Town Election, deadline is April 15, 2015. CANNOT BE DONE ON-LINE.
> February 3 – Tax and/or Debt Exclusion Override decision by the Board of Selectmen, determining what will be on the May 5 Ballot. To view the choices and the Public Meetings held on Jan 20 and Jan 22, go to the Videos at www.brooklineinteractive.org
> January 20 – Nomination Papers Available from Brookline Town Clerk’s Office. In addition to the expected Tax and Debt Exclusion Override Questions, the election will include the following positions: 2 Board of Selectmen; 3 School Committee; 4 Library Trustees; 2 Constables; Town Clerk; Town Meeting Moderator; 90 (or more) Town Meeting Members.
> POSTPONED TO FEB. 11, (originally January 26) – “How and Why to Run for Office” Program. 7PM-9PM Town Hall Room 103.
> March 17 – Nomination Papers – last day for submission.
> April 8 – Forum on Override Ballot – 7PM-9PM – Town Hall – Selectmen’s Meeting Room
> April 15 – Forum on Override Ballot – 7PM-9PM – Town Hall – Selectmen’s Meeting Room
> April 15 – Change Address or Register to Vote (last day for May 5 election); for status go to http://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/
U.S. SENATE Brian Herr (R): (www.brianherr.com) 791,950 (38%)
*Ed Markey (D): (www.edmarkey.com) 1,289,944 (62%)
GOVERNOR and LT. GOVERNOR
*Charlie Baker (R): www.charliebaker2014.com/ and Karyn Polito (www.karynpolitoforlg.com/) 1,044,573 (48.4%)
Martha Coakley (D): www.marthacoakley.com/ and Steve Karrigan (www.stevekerrigan.org/) 1,004,408 (46.6%)
Evan Falchuk (I): www.falchuk2014.org/ and Angus Jennings 71,814 (3.3%)
Scott Lively (I): www.livelyforgovernor.com/ and Shelly Saunders 19,378 (0.9%)
Jeff McCormick (I): www.jmacforgov.org/ and Tracy Post (www.postforlg.org) 16,295 (0.8%)
SECRETARY OF STATE
*William F. Galvin (D) (www.billgalvin.org/) 1,395,616 (67.5%) David D’Arcangelo (R) (www.davein2014.com/) 597,491 (28.9%) Danny Factor (G-R) (www.electfactor.org/) 74,789 (3.6%) ATTORNEY GENERAL John Miller (R) (www.millerforag.com/) 793,821 (38.3%) *Maura Healey (D) (www.maurahealey.com/) 1,280,513 (61.7%) TREASURER Michael James Heffernan (R) (www.mikeheffernan2014.com/) 828,894 (40.8%) *Deborah Goldberg (D) (www.debgoldberg.com/) 1,120,192 (55.2%) Ian T. Jackson (G-R) (www.ian-jackson.org/) 81,907 (4.0%) AUDITOR *Suzanne M Bump (D) (www.suzannebump.com/) 1,146,987 (57.8%) Patricia S Saint Aubin (R) (www.patriciasaintaubin.com/) 757,213 ( 38.1%) MK Merelice (G-R) (www.merelice.com) 81,430 (4.1%) MASSACHUSETTS SENATE – All Senators up for election MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – All Representatives up for election. U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENATATIVES – All Representatives up for election.
Question Number 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing YES – 1,095,229, (53%); NO – 972,271 (47%) Question Number 2: Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law NO – 1,561,591 (73.5%); YES – 564,381 (26.5%) Questions Number 3: Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming NO – 1,271,404 (60%); YES – 845,888 (40%) Question Number 4: Earned Sick Time for Employees YES – 1,256,841 (59.4%); NO – 859,621 (40.6%)
The Declaration of Independence says: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. But Rights come with Responsibilities, so your Right to vote also means you are responsible for registering, educating yourself on the candidates and the issues, AND voting – in every election. Betsy Munzer