Voters Head to the Polls for Election Day 2020
Voters in the Berkshires, the Commonwealth, and around the Country are going to the polls today and there is no doubt that the Presidential race is what is on the mind of every voter. Although we may not find out who the president will be come January 20th before the end of the week or maybe longer. Then again, if it’s a blow-out, as some have suggested, it could be over late into the overnight hours. If I were a betting man, I’m betting on a close race and a long week ahead.
Here in the Berkshires voters are also considering the race between incumbent U.S. Senator Ed Markey and his Republican challenger Kevin O’Conner. Democratic U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is facing no opposition in the 1st Congressional District. Not one member of the Berkshire Legislative Delegation is facing a challenger.
Massachusetts voters have two ballot questions to consider today: The first will weigh whether to expand the state's existing right to repair law. The second is a statewide referendum that would transform the way ballots are cast with the adoption of ranked choice voting.
For a detailed explanation of the statewide ballot questions, you can download the Massachusetts Information for Voters Guide HERE.
The town of Lee has a third – local only- ballot question on the ballot today. Question 3 on the ballot calls for adopting the state’s Community Preservation Act program. If approved, Lee would impose a 1.5 percent surcharge on the assessed value after the first $100,000 on homes and businesses. There are also several School Committee races in various towns across the Berkshires, including Great Barrington and Egremont among them.
Early voting and voting by mail were heavy in the Berkshires and across Massachusetts. Roughly 2.3 Million ballots were cast before today, and election officials are expecting another 1.3 Million on Election Day today. Tens of thousands of Voters in the Berkshires alone voted early.
For those who are still planning to hand in a mail-in ballot instead of waiting on voting lines today, you need to have your ballots dropped off by 8 PM. Just about every community in the Berkshires has a drop box available. If you don’t know where your drop box location is, you should call your local Town Hall.
Safe and fair elections seems to be the theme of the past several days with the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office on Friday announcing that it is working with the Attorney General’s Office, local law enforcement, and local election officials to ensure a safe and orderly Election Day. And now, Governor Baker signing an order Monday that will make up to 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard available in the event their assistance is requested by local officials to maintain public safety or protect opportunities to exercise first amendment rights during large scale events. The good news is that similar orders in recent months have not required any Guard operations.
The Polls across the Berkshire are open from 7 AM until 8 PM. We’ll have the election results for you tomorrow morning beginning at 6 across the Berkshire News Network Stations.
Here is a listing of polling locations starting with Pittsfield and followed by the other locations throughout the Berkshires:
- Ward 1, Precincts A/B: Reid Middle School, 950 North Street
- Ward 2, Precinct A: Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank Street
- Ward 2, Precinct B: Fire station, 9 Somerset Avenue
- Ward 3, Precinct A: Providence Court, 379 East Street
- Ward 3, Precinct B: Egremont Elementary School, 84 Egremont Avenue
- Ward 4, Precinct A: Herberg Middle School, 501 Pomeroy Avenue
- Ward 4, Precinct B: Williams Elementary School, 50 Bushey Road
- Ward 5, Precincts A/B: Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue
- Ward 6, Precinct A: Columbus Arms, 65 Columbus Avenue
- Ward 6, Precinct B: Conte Community School, 200 W. Union Street
- Ward 7, Precinct A: Fire station, 54 Pecks Road
- Ward 7, Precinct B: Capeless Elementary School, 86 Brooks Avenue
Adams: Department of Public Works garage, 92 N. Summer Street
Alford: Town Hall, 5 Alford Center Road
Becket: Town Hall, 557 Main Street
Cheshire: Senior center, 119 School Street
Clarksburg: Senior center
Dalton: Community center, 400 Main Street
Egremont: Fire station, 175 Egremont Plain Road
Florida: Town office, 379 Mohawk Trail
- Precincts A, C, D: Fire station, State Road
- Precinct B (Housatonic): Community center, Main Street
Hancock: Hancock Elementary School, Route 43
Hinsdale: Town Hall, 39 South Street
Lanesborough: Town Hall, 83 N. Main Street
Lee: Crossway Village, 21 Crossway Street
Lenox: Town Hall, 6 Walker Street
Monterey: Town Hall, 435 Main Road
Mount Washington: Town Hall, 118 East Street
New Ashford: Town Hall, 188 Mallory Road
New Marlborough: Town Hall, 807 Mill River Southfield Road
North Adams: St. Elizabeth’s Parish Center, St. Anthony Drive (all wards)
Otis: Town Hall, 1 N. Main Street
Peru: Community center, 3 E. Main Road
Richmond: Town Hall, 1529 State Road
Sandisfield: Old Town Hall, 3 Silverbrook Road
Savoy: Senior center, 720 Main Road
Sheffield: Senior center, 25 Cook Road
Stockbridge: Town offices, 50 Main Street
Tyringham: Town Hall, 116 Main Road
Washington: Town Hall, 8 Summit Hill Road
West Stockbridge: Village School, 21 State Line Road
Williamstown: Elementary school, 115 Church Street
Windsor: Town Hall, 1890 Route 9
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