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Statewide Election 2018

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There is a statewide general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Eligible voters will be voting for Governor, US Senator, US Representatives, State Senators and Representatives, and several other offices. This year, there are 3 ballot questions for voters to ponder. Every vote counts, especially in local elections, so remember to cast your vote on Election Day! Here is what you need to know:

Voter Registration Information

  • The last day to register to voter in order to be eligible to vote on November 6 is Wednesday, October 17. Don’t be late! There are several ways that you can register.
  • Check your voter registration status online through the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. Waltham residents may also check their registration status at the Waltham City Clerk’s office, 781-314-3120.
  • Register to vote in person at your city or town clerk’s office. Waltham residents can register to vote at the city clerk’s office at City Hall, Second Floor on 610 Main Street.
  • Pick up mail in voter registration forms at the library. If you want to be eligible to vote on November 6, make sure they reach your municipal election commission by October 17.
  • Are you renewing your Massachusetts driver’s license in the near future? You can multi-task and register to vote during the renewal process at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
  • Register to vote online.
  • Don’t have a permanent address? Citizens, regardless of housing status, are allowed to register to vote. According to this site, shelters, street corners, and parks are acceptable to use as a registration address.
  • Massachusetts participates in the Address Confidentiality Program. If you are a citizen but are concerned about your safety being compromised by revealing your address by registering to vote, the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office can help with that. Contact 617-727-3261 or 1-866-SAFE-ADD for more information.
  • Going out of town? Don’t use that as an excuse not to vote! Request an absentee ballot at the city clerk’s office, download a form, or pick up a form at the library.

Where and When to Vote

  • Important Dates:
  • Find your polling place
    • Find it online
    • If you’re a Waltham resident, call the city clerk at 781-314-3120.
    • If you know your ward and precinct number, use this list of Waltham polling places:
      Ward Precinct Polling Place
      1 1 PLYMPTON SCHOOL 20 Farnsworth Street
      1 2 WALTHAM HIGH SCHOOL 617 Lexington Street
      2 1 KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC ROOM  655 Lexington Street
      2 2 KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC ROOM  655 Lexington Street
      3 1 MACARTHUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 494 Lincoln and Lake Streets
      3 2 NORTHEAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 70 Putney Lane off Warwick Avenue
      4 1 FITZGERALD SCHOOL AT REAR 140 Beal Road at Candace Avenue
      4 2 FITZGERALD SCHOOL AT REAR 140 Beal Road at Candace Avenue
      5 1 BRIGHT SCHOOL GYMNASIUM 260 Grove Street – Corner of Clark & Bright Streets
      5 2 BRIGHT SCHOOL GYMNASIUM 260 Grove Street – Corner of Clark & Bright Streets
      6 1 CHARLES A. LAWLESS HOUSING 110 Pond Street
      6 2 CLARK GOVERNMENT CENTER 119 School St. Corner of School & Lexington St.
      7 1 BANKS SCHOOL BASEMENT 948 Main Street – Corner of Main & South Street
      7 2 BANKS SCHOOL BASEMENT 948 Main Street – Corner of Main & South Street
      8 1 WHALEN HOUSING 84 Orange Street
      8 2 SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL 510 Moody Street
      9 1 ARTHUR J. CLARK HOUSING 48 Pine Street
      9 2 CUTTER STREET POLLING BOOTH 8 Cutter Street

The Candidates
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List of all candidates running in Massachusetts on November 6, 2018. All of the web pages for incumbents are for their campaign websites unless one is unavailable)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

U.S. Senator in Congress

U.S. Representative in Congress, Fifth District

Massachusetts Representative in General Court, Ninth Middlesex District

Massachusetts Representative in General Court, Tenth Middlesex District

Massachusetts Senator in General Court, Third Middlesex District

Attorney General

Secretary of State/The Commownealth

Treasurer

Auditor

The Ballot Questions

  • Question 1: “This proposed law would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities.” “A YES VOTE would limit the number of patients that could be assigned to one registered nurse in hospitals and certain other health care facilities. A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws relative to patient-to-nurse limits.”
  • Question 2: “This proposed law would create a citizens commission to consider and recommend potential amendments to the United States Constitution to establish that corporations do not have the same Constitutional rights as human beings and that campaign contributions and expenditures may be regulated.” “A YES VOTE would create a citizens commission to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the influence of money in elections and establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings. A NO VOTE would not create this commission.”
  • Question 3: “This law adds gender identity to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination in places of public accommodation, resort, or amusement. Such grounds also include race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, disability, and ancestry.” “A YES VOTE would keep in place the current law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation. A NO VOTE would repeal this provision of the public accommodation law.”

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