How Southborough Voted

by beth on November 4, 2020

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Above: We couldn’t get stickers this year, but most Southborough registered voters deserved one.
(image cropped from Element5 Digital photo on Unsplash)

As of last night 84.2% of Southborough’s registered voters had ballots counted in the big 2020 election. That was a slightly higher % turnout than the 82.4% in 2016. (With more voters also registered this year, it amounted to an increase of 442 voters.)

Here’s how they cast their votes.

Unsurprisingly, the Town went blue again, with Democrats easily winning most races. (Plus, only Democrats ran unopposed for some seats.)

The one exception was the incumbent Worcester County Registrar of Probate Stephanie Fattman (R) who had a 52 vote lead over challenger John Dolan III (D) as of last night’s count. This morning, Worcester Telegram reported Fattman in the lead across the county, though they showed it as only based on 87% of the vote being reported. (As long as the ballots were postmarked by November 3rd, they can still be counted up through November 6th.)

Given the presidential results, there have to be a lot of anxious residents today. The Biden-Harris presidential ticket was supported by 69% of voters. Trump-Pence only got 24% of the votes.

The Republican ticket received over 100 fewer votes than in 2016. The Democratic ticket had close to 1,000 more votes than four years ago when a significant percent supported third parties. This year, the Libertarian ticket Jorgenson-Cohen captured less than 2% and the Green Party (Hawkins-Walker) snagged fewer votes than either write-ins or blanks.

Senator Ed Markey and US Congresswoman Katherine Clark both kept their seats. Each won close to 65% of Southborough’s votes. In the uncontested races, State Representative Carolyn Dykema got the most support (close to 75%).

For the ballot questions, the Town’s votes were consistent with reported statewide results. Almost 75% voted yes on Q1: Right to Repair. On Q2: Ranked Choice Voting, the No votes led 51% to 46%.

You can see the detailed unofficial results from the Town here.

Updated (11/5/20 3:30 pm): Given the amount of mail-in voting, I followed up to find out about outstanding ballots not included in Tuesday night’s tally. As of this afternoon, the Town received 70 more ballots, postmarked November 3rd. (Not enough to make a significant difference in results above.)

I had noted above that the Town can receive those for processing through this Friday, November 6th. Middlesex Daily News reports that if the ballots were mailed internationally, the deadline is one week longer, November 13th. (Once again, they must be postmarked November 3rd or earlier.)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mike November 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Southborough and Massachusetts are so sad. So given over. But so are many societies that were destroyed throughout time. Even this little dinky blog won’t post opposing views or speech. Opposing speech is called hate speech. What was right is now wrong what was wrong is not right. Heed the words of the great prophet Isaiah.


2 beth November 4, 2020 at 9:18 AM

The fact that I block some comments as too hateful or racist does not mean I don’t post opposing views or speech. I post opposing views all the time.

You know this, otherwise, you wouldn’t have bothered trying to post this comment.


3 Anne Jones November 4, 2020 at 9:49 AM

Hooray Beth! And thanks.
Anne Jones


4 northsider November 4, 2020 at 10:56 AM

This is not the New York Times. Beth does this for her community, no one forces anyone to read or visit the blog.


5 Ryanne November 4, 2020 at 8:05 PM

That’s what Facebook is for: to post your views. Who said opposing speech is hate speech because clearly that’s all I keep hearing from you alone. Honestly, it’s really sad to hear you dislike such a town and state.


6 Frank Crowell November 5, 2020 at 8:53 AM

My opposing views are not blocked. I am not sure how you arrive at this conclusion. Beth does a very good job at what I am sure is not easy. This blog is an asset to Southborough and I hope it will be for a long time to come.


7 Interested November 5, 2020 at 10:06 AM

This has been a very difficult time in our lives, that’s for sure.
With all sincerity, I wish you peace Mike. I hope you have people in your life to talk with and hobbies or work that bring you some pleasure. 🕊


8 Anti-racist November 19, 2020 at 9:11 PM

I don’t know Mike. I’ve seen you say some extremely hateful things on Facebook before. Maybe you’re the problem.


9 Andrew November 21, 2020 at 4:32 PM

Societies were not destroyed by time, they were changed by events and circumstances. Isn’t that normal? We are still evolving – but mostly through our culture and values, much more slowly through our DNA.


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