Politics: Primary, Town Clerk’s hours, and Democratic Caucus (Updated – with sample ballots)

by beth on February 29, 2016

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Above: 60% of Southborough voters get to choose between the Republican, Democratic or (even Green-Rainbow) primaries tomorrow (Image posted to flickr by DonkeyHote)

The Town Clerk’s Office announced that this Tuesday, March 1st, they will be closed to regular business (dealing with voter/election business only).

Of course, that’s because tomorrow is Super Tuesday.

Some of you may not think you get to participate. But as long as you are registered to vote in Massachusetts, you can take part in the primaries.

In Southborough, that means about 60% of voters (who are unenrolled) get to decide which party they want to vote for.

I wonder which way they’ll swing? (I hope to let you know on Wednesday!)

Polls are open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm. If you can’t recall where you to go to vote, you can click here to find out.

A robo-call this afternoon reminded me that it’s not just the presidential candidates on the ballots. So, I pulled up links to sample primary ballots for Southborough.

In the process, I discovered there are more presidential candidates than I realized. There are five candidates competing to lead the Green-Rainbow ticket.

More shockingly, did you know that there’s a real estate tycoon running for office on each of the major tickets?

Yes, Trump isn’t the only mogul running. “Rocky” De Le Fuente is running for office on the Democratic ballot. (Funny, I don’t remember seeing him at the debates.)

For your edification (and possible pre-voting homework) here are the sample ballots:

For those of you registered for the blue party, the democratic process is just getting rolling. You can also take part in Saturday’s Democratic Caucus: 

Registered Democrats in Southborough will be holding a caucus on March 5th at the Southborough Library, 25 Main St. at 10:30 AM to elect five delegates and three alternates to the 2016 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Action Agenda. The Convention will be held June 4, 2016 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Southborough and the Democratic Committee welcomes participants. Delegates will be divided between men and women and all ballots will be written and secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be “add-on” delegates. The Committee normally meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 PM at the Southborough House of Pizza. For more information about the caucus or the Committee please contact Susan Ruane, Chair (508-460-0830 or sruane2@verizon.net).

Updated (2/29/16: 3:44 pm): I added in information on the ballots.

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