Democrats fared better in Watertown than in Massachusetts as a whole in the 2022 State Election, and a majority of city voters supported all four of the ballot questions. More than half of Watertown’s registered voters turned out for the Nov. 8 election, with 13,624 (53.3 percent) of the 25,560 registered voters casting ballots, according to the City Clerk’s election results. In the race for governor and lieutenant governor, Democrats Maura Healey and Kim Driscoll received 77.6 percent of the vote in Watertown, with 10,574 votes. Republicans Geoff Diehl and Leah Allen received 2,733 votes. Libertarians Kevin Reed and Peter Everett got 179 votes.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters will choose several new statewide officers, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, and have four ballot questions to consider. Locally, candidates for the State House and other offices are running unopposed. Polls will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Who’s on the Ballot
Governor & Lieutenant Governor
On the ballot are Republicans are Geoff Diehl and Leah Allen, Democrats Maura Healey and Kim Driscoll, and the Libertarian candidates are Kevin Reed and Peter Everett. Attorney General
The Democratic nominee Andrea Joy Campbell faces Republican James McMahon.
The City of Watertown provided the following information:
The Massachusetts State Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voters will be asked to choose candidates for elected office, as well as to weigh in on four ballot questions. Ways to Vote in the November Election
Early vote by mail
Early vote in-person
Absentee ballot (must meet certain requirements)
In-person voting on Election Day
Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. is the last day to register to vote or update party affiliation for this Election. The City Clerk’s Office will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on October 29 to facilitate registration. Voter Information & Links
Check your Voter Registration StatusFind out where you are registered to voteRegister to Vote Online
View Sample Ballots
Precincts 1 – 8
Precincts 9 – 12
View Ballot Question Information
Question 1: Additional Tax on Income Over One Million Dollars
Question 2: Regulation of Dental Insurance
Question 3: Expanded Availability for Licenses for the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages
Question 4: Eligibility for Driver’s Licenses
Early Voting by Mail
To request an early vote by mail ballot:
The deadline to request a mail-in ballot was Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM.Your ballot request must be signed by the applicant in order to process your request.Your ballot will be mailed to the address you put on the application.
By State Representative Steve Owens, State Representative John Lawn & State Senator Will Brownsberger
This past June, the legislature approved an important advancement for road safety and immigrant rights in Massachusetts by voting the Work and Family Mobility Act into law. This law allows all Massachusetts residents to apply for a driver’s license, regardless of their immigration status. Years in the making and backed by law enforcement, immigrant advocates, and organized labor, the law passed overwhelmingly with support of more than three-quarters of the Massachusetts House and Senate. This new measure will ensure that all drivers on our roads are licensed and insured. Unfortunately, this law is now in jeopardy; an opposition group obtained enough signatures to attempt to repeal the law on the November 8th ballot.
Charlie BreitroseWatertown’s City Hall. Despite every City Councilor personally supporting Massachusetts Ballot Question 1, known as the Fair Share Amendment, the Council narrowly approved a Resolution supporting passage of the ballot measure. The Fair Share Amendment would increase tax on income over $1 million from 5 percent to 9 percent, which includes salary, as well as profits on real estate sales. The additional tax would be spent on education and transportation. On Tuesday, Oct.
The City of Watertown announced the start of early voting on Saturday, Oct. 22 at City Hall. It continues until Friday, Nov. 4. The City of Watertown sent out the following information:
Watertown registered voters, In Person Early Voting for the MA State Election is October 22 – November 4, 2022, in the Philip Pane Lower Hearing Room Ground Floor, Watertown City Hall 149 Main Street, Watertown.
It seems that politicians never have enough money and work hardest to come up with easy ways to get it. In addition to the taxes we already pay, and the $7 million Watertown has received from the lottery as Unrestricted General Government Aid in fiscal year 2022, there never seems to be enough money. In their latest “how can we get more money” scam, politicians have targeted people with taxable income over $1 million. Apparently, those people aren’t paying their fair share. Be careful when issues are framed in an ‘us vs them’ context.
The Watertown Board of Election Commissioners said that residents may have been removed from the voter registration list if they have not returned their City Census this year. The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is just a couple weeks away. The return rate for the City Census was lower than previous years, and as many as one-third of voters may be removed from the list, according to an announcement from the Board of Election Commissioners. Residents can check if they are registered to vote on the Secretary of State’s website and providing their name, date of birth and zip code.