November 4 2014

Burlington Votes in 2014 Midterm Election

By: Rich Hosford

The polls in Burlington closed at 8 p.m. and the results are in for the 2014 state/midterm election. 

 

Burlington had a good voter turnout. A total of 9,333 voters out of the 15,437 eligible voters, or 60.5 percent, cast ballots in the election. 

 

As reported on BNEWS, Burlington and Wilmington Precinct 3 voters went with Republican Paul Girouard over Democratic Incumbent Ken Gordon in the 21st Middlesex District State Representative race. However, Gordon won the race overall with the results from Bedford. 

 

In the race to fill Congressman John Tierney's 6th District seat Burlington went with Democrat Seth Moulton over Republican Richard Tisei with a vote count of 4,795 to 3,892. Burlington voters also went with Democrat Edward Markey over Republican Challenger Brian Herr in the Massachusetts Senate race with a count of 4,978 to 3,976. 

 

In the Governor race, Burlington went Republican. Voters cast 5,205 votes for Charlie Baker and 3,658 for Martha Coakley. 

 

Ballot Questions: 

 

Question 1: Asked whether the state should eliminate the requirement that the state’s gasoline tax be adjusted every year by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index over the preceding year with the stipulation it never be adjusted below 21.5 cents per gallon. 

 

Burlington voters said "yes" to the question with 5,435 votes in favor and 3,549 votes against. 

 

Question 2: Asked whether the state should expand the Bottle Bill to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks, not including dairy products, infant formulas and medicines or drinks in paper-based materials such as juice boxes or pouches. If expanded the new Bottle Bill would increase handling fees for beverage distributors and bottlers. 

 

Burlington voters overwhelmingly said "no" to this question with only 1,403 in favor and 7,816 against. 

 

Question 3: Asked whether the state should prohibit the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from issuing any license for a casino or other gaming establishment with table games and slot machines, or just slot machines, to revoke any license already given out and to prohibit the wagering of simulcasting of live greyhound races. 

 

Burlington voters said "no" to this question as well, with 3,421 voting in favor and 5,733 voting against. 

 

Question 4: This proposed law would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time they accumulate on the job. Employees who work for employers having 11 or more employees could earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year and employees working for smaller employers could earn up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per calendar year. Employees could use the sick days to care for physical or mental illnesses, injuries, or to attend medical appointments for themselves, their children, spouses, parents or in-laws. 

 

Burlington voters came out slightly in favor with this law with 4,764 voting "yes" and 4,323 voting "no". 

 

Question 5: A non-binding question that would instruct the state representative from this district to vote in favor of a resolution calling up Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirming that 1) rights protected under the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only and 2) both Congress and the state may place limits on political contributions and political spendings. 

 

Burlington voters were mostly in favor of this question. 5,434 voted "yes" and 2,027 voted "no". 

 

For complete Burlington voter results and precinct-by-precinct breakdown check out this form from the Burlington Town Clerk's office

 

To see more on the Burlington polls turnout click here

 

Note: At the time of the writing of this article the state results have not all been calculated.

 

Editor's note: This article orginally mistakenly reported that Gordon won Wilmington Precinct 3. It has been corrected in the story above. 

 
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