Photo: Election workers
Dear Neighbors and Voters of Belmont:
While many Americans are focused on the results of the Nov. 3 Presidential Election, I call special attention to our fellow Belmont neighbors who served as election workers to guarantee the rightful exercise of our treasured right to vote, even in the midst of a global pandemic. They did a fabulous job and need to be recognized for their work:
The Official Election Results for Belmont have not yet been finalized, but the official results will be certified by Nov. 18.
Exactly 81.99 percent of Belmont’s voters cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election. That’s 15,038 people – of whom more than 12,100 voted during the fourteen days of the In-Person Early Voting period or Voted by Mail. The conclusion: a vigorously active electorate and even more amazing election workers and staff. We enjoyed expert assistance from many town departments, but most particularly the Police, Public Works, Fire, Library, Council on Aging, School Department, Facilities, Treasurer, Information Technology, Community Development, Select Board’s office, Health Department, Emergency Management and others. Lastly, the members of the press/media covering Belmont, each of our media outlets, got the word out to our residents to let them know the details of voting which really made a difference.
More than 200 election workers were trained and ready to go; 116 actually wound up working during the Early Voting Period or on Election Day itself along with the fantastic, hard-working staff of the Town Clerk’s office :
- Rising before the sun to arrive at the polls by 6 a.m. and be open to voters by 7 a.m.:
- Happily greeting every voter;
- Checking in and out thousands of voters and processing absentee and early voting ballots, some routine, some needing extra help;
- Researching voter information so voters who needed to go to a different precinct or community to vote could do so;
- Helping voters who needed a little physical help or extra time;
- Expertly responding to hundreds of phone calls from precinct election workers and voters from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Election Day and many days before and after;
- Opening and tabulating more than 10,000 Early Voting ballots, while ensuring a secret ballot for all voters;
- Posting signs, now-famous blue arrows to direct voters along with COVID-19 reminders;
- Giving up hours at home with family in the evenings and even holiday weekends;
- Scheduling the workers like an air traffic controller;
- Processing and mailing more than 2,000 Absentee Ballots, including hundreds to Members of the Military and Overseas Citizens;
- Registering 1,973 new voters since Jan. 1, 2020 and deleting many more so they could vote in their new communities;
- Keeping everyone’s spirits buoyed, even when face-to-face with an angry voter when we made a mistake;
- Closing out the polls, accounting for every ballots and all the legal requirements so we could post Belmont’s results to the website;
- Most importantly, enjoying one another’s company and looking forward to working the next Belmont election.
We are extremely proud of the work these folks accomplished to make Belmont’s election a huge success with accurate results and we thank them sincerely for their efforts, their attitude and their willingness to participate so wonderfully in this open election process.
When you see them around town, we encourage you to thank them in person.
With thanks and in awe of:
Town Clerk’s Staff Members
Ellen O’Brien Cushman, Town Clerk and Fellow Members of the Board of Registrars of Voters: Robert McGaw, Paul Minor and Stephen Shestakofsky