While all eyes may be on the Democratic National Convention this week, Massachusetts voters -- particularly those in the Fourth District -- have some important decisions to make today regarding their own state politics.
The contested races on today's Newton ballot include Democratic primaries for the Fourth Congressional District, South Middlesex Register of Deeds and Governor's Council District Three. There will also be a Republican primary for the Fourth Congressional District race.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and once the votes are in, stay tuned to Patch tonight for coverage of the primary results.
Now, here are five things Newton voters need to know for today's state primary election:
1. What races are on the ballot?
(Contested races only)
Note: Copies of the ballots are included in the .pdf section above.
2. Who am I voting for?
There are six candidates, three Democrats and three Republicans, hoping to have their name on the November ballot and eventually succeed Barney Frank.
There are three Democrats vying for a spot on the November ballot. The winner of today's primary will face off against .
There are six Democrats vying for the South Middlesex Register of Deeds seat, including Newton resident and former Mayor Tom Concannon, Jr. There are no Republicans or Independents running in this race.
- Robert Antonelli
- Thomas Concannon, Jr.
- Tiziano Doto
3. Why should I vote for them?
- Newton Patch does not endorse candidates, but we love having our readers send in endorsements. for all the letters supporting candidates.
- Check out blogs from Governor's Council candidate as well as Fourth District Candidates , and . Governor's Council candidate has also been blogging, but he will be on the November ballot only, as he is running on the Independent ticket.
- You can recently sponsored by NewTV and the League of Women Voters.
- You can check out recaps from Fourth District Debates as well, including an, an , a as well as .
4. When/Where do I vote?
Below is a list of the polling locations for the city. You may want to double check your precinct and polling location, as some voting spots and precincts have changed due to recent redistricting. Check out the Election Commission's handy tool to find what ward and precinct you live in.
Remember, polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Precinct 1: , 191 Pearl St.
Precinct 2: #1, 241 Church St.
Precinct 3: , 42 Vernon St.
Precinct 4: , 11 Hawthorn St.
Precinct 1: , 687 Watertown St.
Precinct 2: , 229 Cabot St.
Precinct 3: , 345 Walnut St.
Precinct 4: , 330 Homer St. (New precinct and polling location)
Precinct 1: , 171 Pine St.
Precinct 2: , 545 Grove St.
Precinct 3: , 141 Grove St.
Precinct 4: , 171 Pine St.
Precinct 1: , 51 Pettee St.
Precinct 2: , 90 Lincoln St.
Precinct 3: , 30 Beethoven Ave.
Precinct 4: , 30 Beethoven Ave.
Precinct 1: , 280 Cypress St.
Precinct 2: Weeks House, 7 Hereward Road
Precinct 3: , 90 Lincoln St.
Precinct 4: , 149 Pleasant St.
Precinct 1: Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond St.
Precinct 2: , 42 Vernon St.
Precinct 3: , 10 Dolphin Road
Precinct 4: , 10 Dolphin Road
Precinct 1: , 130 Wheeler Rd.
Precinct 2: , 250 Brookline St.
Precinct 3: , 191 Dedham St.
Precinct 4: , 675 Saw Mill Brook Parkway
5. How can I contribute?
- Comment on this story, or any other election story, letting your neighbors know how the voting turnout is and what number ballot you were at your precinct. This will let readers know how many Newton residents are getting out there to vote. Also, feel free to just voice your opinion on who should be elected!
- You can also upload photos from polling locations or candidate parties to any of our election coverage stories. Just click the "add your photos" link below the photo box to the right.
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