Election Rundown: What You Need to Know Heading to the Polls
A review of the polling places and ballots for Tuesday's election.
A total of 16 polling places will be open to serve the eight wards of Medford Tuesday. There are three different ballots for the city.
Scroll through the images on the right to find the ballot for your part of town. The wards and precincts for each ballot are listed in the top right corner. The second page of each ballot is the same, and is the final image.
Ward 1-1 Andrews Middle School; 3000 Mystic Valley Pkwy.
Ward 1-2 Fire Fighter's Club; 340 Salem St.
Ward 2-1 St. Francis Parish Center, Fellsway and Fulton St. Entrances
Ward 2-2 Roberts Elementary School, 35 Court St.
Ward 3-1 Lawrence Memorial Hospital; 170 Governors Ave.
Ward 3-2 Temple Shalom; 475 Winthrop St.
Ward 4-1 Tufts University; Gantcher Center Rear, 161 College Ave
Ward 4-2 Tufts University; Gantcher Center Rear, 161 College Ave
Ward 6-2 Walking Court; Auburn St. and North St.
Ward 7-1 Mystic Valley Towers; North Building Entrance
Ward 7-2 McGlynn Elementary School; 3004 Mystic Valy. Pkwy.
Ward 8-1 Senior Center; 101 Riverside Ave
Ward 8-2 VFW; 114 Mystic Ave
Four Questions appear the ballot. Here's a rundown of each and what they mean:
- Question 1: Do you support the removal of the sales tax on alcoholic beverages where the sale or importation of the alcohol was already subject to an excise tax? A vote of yes calls to remove the sales tax on such alcoholic beverages; a vote of no would make no change to the sales tax
- Question 2: This question asks for a state law related to housing permitting be repealled. State law allows for organizations looking to build subsidized housing that include low/moderate income units to apply for a single, comprehensive permit from the municipality's zoning board of appeals. A vote of yes repeals the law that allows for a single permit in such situations, a vote of no keeps the law in place
- Question 3: This question calls for the state sales tax and use tax rates to be reduced to 3 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2011. If that reduction could not produce enough revenue for pledges made with money from such taxes, the rates would be reduced to the lowest possible level. A vote of yes calls to lower the sales tax, a vote of no calls to keep it the same
- Question 4: This is a non-binding question, which asks whether the voter's state representative should support the right to live without laws that give more rights to people of one religion or another.
Get Informed on Local Races
Check out these candidate profiles on the Paul Donato/Karla Romero and Carl Sciortino/Richard Cannava State Rep. races, and these videos on the State Senate Race between Patricia Jehlen and David Carnevale.