Voters to go to Polls on Tuesday

October 29, 2015
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Charlestown residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 3 in what city officials are saying will be a quite election.

With no Mayoral race this year, only five candidates vying for one of the four At-Large seats and Charlestown’s incumbent City Councilor running unopposed voter turnout here is expected to be light come next Tuesday.

Aside from the At-Large race where candidate Annissa Essaibi-George will try to unseat one of the four incumbents. There are only two Boston City Councilors with challengers and those are in Districts 3, 4, 5 and 7. Charlestown’s elected City Councilor Sal LaMattina is running unopposed Tuesday.

There was no primary for the At-Large race because there were less than nine candidates. Usually nine or more At-Large candidates would trigger a primary and the top eight vote getters would advance to the General Election. This year there are only five candidates, Essaibi-George and At-Large Councilors Stephen Murphy, Michael Flaherty, Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley and all automatically advanced to the General Election.

With only 7 percent of the total registered voters voting on September 8 it is hard to gage how much voter turnout would increase with the At-Large General Election added. While number is sure to rise with the addition of the citywide race some city election officials think it will not be by much.

The final numbers are not yet in on the total voters registered in Boston but that number is expected to be around 380,000. Of that number only 13 to 20 percent are expected to vote.

City election officials said it has been quite this election season with very few calls to the department for information.

The voting districts in Charlestown is Ward 2, Precincts 1 through 7.

Voting locations in the neighborhood are Zelma Lacey House, 9 West School St., Harvard Kent School, 50 Bunker Hill St., Clarence Edwards Middle School, 28 Walker St. and the Golen Age Senior Center, 382 Main St.

Polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All precincts will have English/Spanish ballots, and English/Chinese and English/Vietnamese ballots will be available in precincts where the population requires them, according to city officials.