See How Watertown Voted in Tuesday’s Election


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Watertown backed Martha Coakley for governor opposed adding new bottle deposits and opposed separating the gas tax from inflation in an election that saw more than half the voters turn out.

The voter turnout in Watertown was 52.31 percent – with 11,698 ballots cast. That was close to the number in the last governor’s election in 2010 when 12,019 people voted. The presidential election in 2012 had 16,200 voters.

Town Clerk John Flynn said the turnout was healthy.

“The highest turnout is for the presidential election then governor,” Flynn said. “We had four hotly contested ballot questions which brought out a lot of people.”

Town residents supported the Martha Coakley/Steve Kerrigan ticket with 59.76 percent voting for the Democratic gubernatorial ticket. Republicans Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito got 35.83 percent of the votes.

Other Dems got even higher support. Edward Markey got 74.98 percent of the votes in his re-election bid for senate. Attorney General candidate Maura Healey got 73.75 percent, and Secretary of State William Galvin got 76.44 percent.

Hometown candidate Marilyn Petitto Devaney received 69.28 percent of the votes in her race for Governor’s Council over Tom Sheff.

On the ballot questions, Watertown voters opposed Question 1, which unhooks the gas tax from the inflation rate with 54.25 percent voting “No.”

The ballot question that had the widest margin was Question 4, where 69.89 percent voted yes in the question that would allow keep accrued sick time.

The ballot question that would add a deposit to bottled water and other non-carbonated drink bottles lost in Watertown, with 60.74 voting “No.”

Question 3, which would repeal the casino law, narrowly won in Watertown with 50.36 percent voting “No.”

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