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Election 2020: Brookline Voter Guide | Brookline, MA Patch - Brookline, MA Patch

Election 2020: Brookline Voter Guide | Brookline, MA Patch - Brookline, MA Patch


Election 2020: Brookline Voter Guide | Brookline, MA Patch - Brookline, MA Patch

Posted: 15 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT

BROOKLINE, MA — Voters in Brookline will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the 2020 general election.

In addition to the presidential and congressional races, there are several key races at the state and local level, as well as two ballot questions. Voting will be different this year thanks to rules approved to expand early and mail-in voting in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 24. You can check your voting status on the Secretary of State's website, where you can also find your polling place.

There are several ways registered voters can cast a ballot:

Mail-In Voting
Vote-by-mail applications must be received by the Brookline town clerk's office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. If you've applied and haven't gotten your ballot yet, check with the secretary of the commonwealth's ballot tracker.

Ballots can be returned by mail or returned by hand to the clerk's office. They can also be returned at the drop box located at town hall.

Mail-in ballots need to be postmarked by Nov. 3 and returned to the local election office no later than Nov. 6.

Ballots returned by mail should be addressed to the Town Clerk's Office at PO Box 470860, Brookline, MA, 02447.

Early Voting
All voters have the option of early, in-person voting at the at Town Hall, Saturday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 30. Voters will not need to fill out an application or make an appointment ahead of time. Only six voters will be allowed in the Town Hall polling place to vote early at any given time, so be warned you may have to wait outside.

Voting will be open every day at 8:30 a.m.

Early voting dates and times:

  • Saturday, Oct. 17: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 19: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 23: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 25: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 26: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 30: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What to know when you go

Those who vote early in person should be aware of the following requirements and suggestions:

  • Face coverings are required in Brookline, including inside Town Hall.
  • Bring a pen, such as a blue or black ink sharpie or Paper Mate Flair, if you do not want to borrow one.
  • Bring a clipboard or book to use when marking your ballot if you do not want to use a voting booth.
  • Bring an ID, as voters will be required to show an ID in some cases.
  • Don't touch your face while at the polling location.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least six feet from anyone who is not from your household.

Voting on Election Day
Polls in Massachusetts are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also use the Secretary of State's website to find your polling place, and your precinct.

Most polling locations in Brookline are the same as they were last go round, but here are a few changes this year:

Questions?

More information about the election, including in-person voting locations and requirements, can be found here. Anyone with questions about either election should call the Town Clerk's Office at 617-730-2010.

Key Races
The following are the key contested races that will be on the ballot for Brookline voters:

President/Vice President
Joe Biden/Kamala Harris (Democrat)
Donald Trump/Mike Pence (Republican) - Incumbent

Congress
U.S. House 4th District

Jake Auchincloss (Democrat)

Julie Hall (Republican)


U.S. Senate
Edward Markey (Democrat) - Incumbent
Kevin O'Connor (Republican)
Andre Gray (Green)
Frederick Mayock (independent)

Ballot Questions
Question 1: "Right To Repair" Vehicle Access Requirement Initiative
Yes: A yes vote would require carmakers to expand access to mechanical data for all cars sold in Massachusetts beginning with model year 2022.
No: A no vote leaves the 2013 right-to-repair law unchanged.
Question 2: Ranked-Choice Voting Initiative
Yes: A yes vote favors adopting a system gives voters the option of ranking candidates on their ballot in order of preference, as opposed to selecting just one. And if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of first-choice votes, the candidate with the least first-choice votes is eliminated, and the voters who preferred that candidate have their votes reallocated based on their second choices. Then the ballots are recounted and the process is repeated until one candidate breaks the 50 percent threshold.
No: A no vote keeps the current system in place.

Question 3: Prop 2 1/2 override

Yes: A Yes vote would allow the town to raise taxes above the state threshold of 2 and a half percent to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire approximately 3 acres of land at the former Newbury College campus of the west side of Fisher Avenue for "general municipal purposes."

No: A no vote would mean the town could not raise taxes or purchase the land.

Question 4: Renewable energy by 2040

Yes: This question is nonbonding, but would strongly ask district representatives to vote in favor of legislation that would require the state to achieve 100 percent renewable energy use within the next two decades. It also calls for the state to begin making "significant" progress within the first five years, while protecting businesses and workers.

No: A no vote would mean the town would not push representatives to vote this way.

Question 5: Legislative committee votes online

Yes: A yes vote would have the town ask the town's Representative to vote in favor of changes to rules in the House of Representatives to make the results of all the votes in that body's legislative committees publicly available on that body's website.

No: A no vote would leave things as they are.

Running unopposed:

Senator, First Middlesex &. Norfolk District, Cynthia Stone Creem

Senator, 18th Suffolk, Michael J. Moran

State Representative, 15th Norfolk District, Tommy Vitolo

State Representative, 15th Suffolk District, Nika Elugardo

State Representative, 10th Suffolk, Edward F. Coppinger

Norfolk County Treasurer, Michael G. Bellotti

Norfolk County Register of Probate, Colleen Marie Brierley

Down ballot races:

Suffolk County Register of Probate

Norfolk County Commissioner (2 seats open):

Norfolk County Sheriff:

Here are other key election dates to be aware of:

  • Oct. 24 — Last day to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 3 election. You can register online, by mail or in-person at the clerk's office.
  • Oct. 28 — Last day to apply by mail for an absentee (mail-in) ballot.
  • Nov. 2 — Last day to apply in person for an absentee (mail-in) ballot.
  • Nov. 3 — Mail-in ballots need to be postmarked by Nov. 3 and returned to the local election office no later than Nov. 6.

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