Photo: At the polls.
Yes, it may not be the traditional Tuesday but for this year, Thursday, Sept. 8, is the date for the Massachusetts Party Primary Election.
(The reason for the day change is due to the first Tuesday in September being just one day from the Labor Day holiday)
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Resident may vote in the party’s primary only if they are enrolled in one of the four political parties: Democratic, Republican, Green Rainbow and United Independent. Enrollment in a political party does not affect your right to vote in the general election. In the general election, all voters receive the same ballot and vote for the candidate of their choice, regardless of party enrollment.
If you have chosen “Unenrolled” on the voter registration form, you may still vote in state and presidential primaries by choosing a party ballot and will remain unenrolled, which is commonly reffered to as “independent.”
In addition to the choice of four political parties listed above and unenrolled, there are also certain legal political designations in which you can enroll. If you enroll in any political designations you may still vote in the state and presidential primaries.
Candidates for election
It’s slim pickings as most races are either uncontested or no one is running for the position. There is a pair of races in the Democratic primary: for sheriff and Governor’s Councl. See the party’s ballot here.
In the most interesting race, two decade incumbent Marilyn Devaney of Watertown will attempt to remain on the Governor’s Council for a ninth term against a young, energenic William Humphrey of Newton who has been crisscrossing the district, knocking on thousands of doors and using a crew of equally young supporters to get the word out. Don’t be suprised if Humphrey takes this seat due to the sweat equity he’s put in the race.
For voting purposes, Belmont is divided into eight voting precincts, located as follows:
- Precinct 1 – Belmont Memorial Library, Assembly Room, 336 Concord Ave.
- Precinct 2 – Belmont Town Hall, Selectmen’s Room, 455 Concord Ave.
- Precinct 3 – Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St.
- Precinct 4 – Daniel Butler School, Gymnasium, 90 White St.
- Precinct 5 – Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St.
- Precinct 6 – Belmont Fire Headquarters, 299 Trapelo Rd.
- Precinct 7 – Burbank School, Gymnasium, 266 School St.
- Precinct 8 – Winn Brook School, Gymnasium, 97 Waterhouse Rd. (Enter from Cross Street)
Please adhere to the posted parking restrictions and use caution to ensure the safety of pedestrians around the voting precincts.