Newton Voter Turnout: 2012 vs. 2008

Did more voters show up to the polls this time around?

With reports of long lines at polling locations across the state, all signs pointed to strong voter turnout in Massachusetts for yesterday's state election

But how many Newton residents made it out to vote? And how did it compare to 2008?

According to the Newton Election Commission's unofficial results, 78 percent of Newton's registered voters made it out to the polls yesterday, or 45,201 voters out of 57,700 registered. 

This is a slight drop in turnout from the 2008 presidential election, where 80.75 percent voted, or 44,720 of the 55,381 registered at that time.

During yesterday's election, Ward 5, Precincts 3 and 4 had the highest turnout, with 84 percent of the registered voters making it to the polls. Ward 7, Precinct 3 had the lowest turnout with 66 percent voting.

Without much surprise, Newton voters headed to the polls yesterday and showed their strong support for the Democratic Party; all Democratic candidates won Newton handily, with almost every candidate taking 70 percent of the vote or more.

As for the ballot questions, Newton also made its choice clear, as all three binding questions passed easily as well as the non-binding Questions 4 and 5. 

A table with Newton's total votes (based on unofficial results) is included below:


     Race       Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President


32,099 Romney-Ryan 12,154 Johnson-Gray (L)     
Stein-Honkala (GR)

U.S. Senate

Elizabeth Warren

29,868 Scott Brown 15,034

U.S. Congress 4th District

Joseph Kennedy III

32,668 Sean Bielat 10,434 David Rosa 761

MA House
10th Middlesex District
John Lawn 1,775 Francis Stanton 492

MA House
11th Middlesex District
Kay Khan 14,329 Greer Tan Swiston 4,935   Governor's Councillor
3rd District
Marilyn Pettito Devaney 25,169
Thomas Sheff 10,428 Sheriff
Middlesex County
Peter Koutoujian 30,300 Ernesto Petrone (unenrolled) 5,086
Answer Results Answer Results

Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 33,266 No 4,104

Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 26,849 No 15,893

Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 30,520 No 12,159


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