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Civics Sunday - Town Election - The Process

by The Publishers
May 19, 2019

Tip O'Oneill is credited with a most appropriate phrase - especially this Tuesday, "All politics is local."  

 

 

 

On Tuesday May 21, 2019, the voting eligible citizens of Holliston have the opportunity to make their vote count to determine those individuals who will serve the town.  Also, there are two questions on the ballot related to by-law changes for retail marijuana sales.

We want to present our readers with a review of the voting process and a look (blurry here and clearer on the Town Clerk's site - links provided) at the choices we will see on Tuesday.

All citizens vote at the Holliston High School in the Field House.  Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm.  Know your voting precinct and head to the sign denoting that precinct (there is a guide at the poll entrance).

The Process: Four Steps

Step 1: Check in with the poll workers in your precinct:  Provide your Street Name, Street Number, Last Name, and First Name.  The poll workers mark you in and give you a ballot - this ballot is your private property and should not be handled / viewed by anyone else at the polls.

Step 2: Vote using the voting stations and marker pens provided.  Fill in the oval next to your choice(s).  If you are voting for a write-in candidate, fill in the oval for the position and legibly write the person's name on the line next to that oval.  There are two sides to the ballot - the front (below) are the elected offices.

Here is a link to a clearer version at the Town Clerk's website Town Election Sample Ballot - Front

The back of the ballot has two questions.  The first question deals with making a change in the Town's General By-laws.  The second question relates to making a change in the Town's Zoning By-laws.

Both ballot statements deal with PROHIBITING retail sales of marijuana in Holliston.  A Yes vote supports the ban and a No vote opposes the ban.

Here is the clearer version of the ballot questions Town Election Sample Ballot - Back

Step 3: Check out stop at the check out table and repeat the sequence you completed when you checked in.  

Step 4: Cast Your Vote slide your ballot into the slot on the voting machine until the machine draws the ballot in.  Wait to be sure that your ballot has been read and your vote has been accurately and securely recorded.

 

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