Blog: Election Results Are In
Check back here throughout the day for updated voting numbers and results.
9:30 p.m.- The election results are in! Unofficial results recorded 775 cards casted. Selectwoman Mary Steele, Town Moderator Bill Gouveia and water and sewer commissioner Diane McElligott were all unopposed and won re-election. Mary Steele received 608 votes with 12 write-ins. Gouveia received 606 vote with nine write-ins. McElligott received 512 votes and seven write-ins. The remainder of the votes each candidate received are below, with winners in bold.
BOARD OF ASSESSORS
Robert Bouchard- 399
Stephen Ceckowski- 220
HOUSING AUTHORITY- FIVE YEAR TERM
Stanley Medeiros- 305
Peter Whalen- 300
PLANNING BOARD- Two terms, two seats
Patrick Daly- 412
Joanne Haracz- 333
Cheryll-Anne Senior- 304
Marge Werner- 316
Tracey Todesco- 235
Nichole Rich- 181
WATER AND SEWER COMMISSION- One year
Luke Grant- 438
Steven Wiseman- 251
5:45 p.m.-The total amount of voters since 8 a.m. has reached 517. The pace has picked up a little since 5 p.m., with nine people an hour per precinct and 80 per hour for all five.
"The amount of people coming in has increased since after school hours," said Town Clerk Danielle Sicard. "It's still very slow though."
Once again, here are the numbers by each precinct:
Precinct 1: 127
Precinct 2: 108
Precinct 3: 93
Precinct 4: 102
Precinct 5: 87
Remember, the polls don't close until 8 p.m., so if you have yet to come out and vote, there is still plenty of time.
The official results will be posted next, once they become available.
1:38 p.m.- Norton poll workers agree that it's been a slow election day, as only 260 people have turned out to vote as of 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Cynthia Gouveia, the wife of town moderator incumbant William Gouveia, said that usually 30 percent of voters come between 6 and 8 a.m., while stragglers come in and out during the day. Between 5 and 8 p.m., she said usually 40 to 50 percent of voters will come by after work.
Tracey Todesco, who is running against Nichole Rich and incumbant Marge Werner for school committee, remains optimistic.
"I'm hopeful that after people get out of work there will be a larger turnout," she said.
George Yelle isn't so sure.
"You don't see that as much anymore," he said. "People work at all hours."
Town Clerk Danielle Sicard averaged that 6 to 7 percent of the town would vote, but the low numbers are still a little surprising.
"No matter how small of an election, usually there is a line of people at 6 a.m.," Yelle said. "No one was here until 6:15 a.m."
"We want more action," said Luke Grant, who is running for water and sewer commission.
So far, here are the number of voters by precinct:
Precinct 1: 51
Precinct 2: 46
Precinct 3: 65
Precinct 4: 59
Precinct 5: 49
Norton Patch will head back to the polls around 6 p.m. to give you another update. Hope to see you there!
5:55 a.m.- It’s Town Election day today, April 26, and the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Precincts 1 and 2 will be held at Norton High School, while Precincts 3, 4 and 5 will vote at Henry A. Yelle Elementary School.
There are five contested races on tap including school committee (Marge Werner, Tracey Todesco and Nichole Rich), planning board (Cheryll-Ann Senior, Patrick Daly and Joanne Haracz), water and sewer commission (Luther Grant and Steven Wiseman), housing authority (Peter Whalen and Stanley Medeiros) and the board of assessors (Robert Bouchard and Stephen Ceckowski).
Town moderator William Gouveia, selectwoman Mary Steele and water/sewer commission member Diane McElligott (for the three-year seat) are running unopposed.
Check this story throughout the day for election number updates and final results.