Cambridge Civic Journal Forum

November 28, 2009

Age and party voting statistics for the recent Cambridge municipal election

Filed under: 2009 Election — Robert Winters @ 12:20 am

Nov 27 – Age and party voting statistics for the recent Cambridge municipal election:

Average age of all registered voters 43.7
Median age of all registered voters 38.4
Average age of those who voted in the 2009 election 55.2
Median age of those who voted in the 2009 election 56.1
Percentage of registered voters who voted 26.6%
Percentage of registered Democrats who voted (11169 of 35587) 31.4%
Percentage of registered Republicans who voted (563 of 2800) 20.1%
Percentage of Unenrolled who voted (4182 of 20997) 19.9%
Percentage of registered Green-Rainbow who voted (65 of 262) 24.8%

Histogram of ages of all registered Cambridge voters - 2009

Histogram of ages of Cambridge voters who voted in the 2009 election

Histogram of ages of Cambridge voters who voted in the 2008 presidential election

November 26, 2009

Voter turnout in Cambridge by precinct

Filed under: 2009 Election,City Council — Robert Winters @ 10:40 am

Nov 26 – Voter turnout in Cambridge by precinct in the recent Cambridge City Council election:

Precinct Reg. voters Voted turnout Precinct Reg. voters Voted turnout Precinct Reg. voters Voted turnout
9-1 2160 788 36.5% 3-1 1593 468 29.4% 4-2 2319 536 23.1%
1-2 1686 609 36.1% 4-1 2092 603 28.8% 3-3 1539 336 21.8%
11-3 2403 861 35.8% 8-2 2002 552 27.6% 6-2 2035 428 21.0%
9-2 2346 812 34.6% 2-1 1817 497 27.4% 8-1 1565 283 18.1%
9-3 2187 756 34.6% 6-1 2079 555 26.7% 4-3 1029 182 17.7%
1-3 1757 603 34.3% 5-1 2362 611 25.9% 11-1 1704 274 16.1%
11-2 2178 729 33.5% 6-3 2125 540 25.4% 7-2 1239 169 13.6%
10-2 2236 720 32.2% 7-1 1998 507 25.4% 7-3 800 88 11.0%
5-2 2113 660 31.2% 10-3 1634 399 24.4% 8-3 743 71 9.6%
10-1 2401 716 29.8% 1-1 2265 542 23.9% 2-3 599 37 6.2%
5-3 2264 669 29.5% 3-2 1834 432 23.6% 2-2 762 40 5.2%

Citywide, there were 59,866 registered voters and 16,073 City Council ballots cast for an overall turnout of 26.6%. It should be noted that the registered voters include many “inactive” voters who may no longer live in Cambridge but who remain on the registered voter list due to requirements of the Motor-Voter Law. A more accurate value for the actual turnout may be about 34.4%.

November 13, 2009

2009 Final Cambridge Municipal Election Results

Filed under: 2009 Election — Tags: — Robert Winters @ 11:54 pm

Nov 13 – The Final, Official Count of the Cambridge Municipal Election (including any provisional ballots and overseas absentee ballots) took place on Friday, Nov 13, 2009 at the offices of the Cambridge Election Commission (51 Inman St., 1st Floor Conference Room). Here are the Final Results:

Elected to the City Council – Henrietta Davis, Denise Simmons, Tim Toomey, Craig Kelley, David Maher, Ken Reeves, Sam Seidel, Marjorie Decker, and Leland Cheung (in order of election).

Elected to the School Committee – Nancy Tauber, Richard Harding, Marc McGovern, Fred Fantini, Alice Turkel, and Patty Nolan (in order of election).

Nov 18, 23 update – Joseph Grassi has filed a petition for a recount. He was edged out by Patty Nolan by 18 votes. The candidates will meet with the Election Commission on Mon, Nov 30 at 10:00am and the Recount will commence at the West Cambridge Youth/Community Center (680 Huron Ave.) at 9:00am on Tues, Dec 1.

Note: The order of election shown has been corrected to show that Nancy Tauber was the first candidate to reach the election quota.

Excel spreadsheets of Final Election Counts (Nov 13)
now with Ward, Precinct Info (Nov 17)
now with #2 vote distributions for City Council (Nov 18)
now with #2 vote distributions for School Committee (Nov 24)

Printable PDF of Final Election Counts (Nov 13)
now with Ward, Precinct Info (Nov 17)
now with #2 vote distributions for City Council (Nov 18)
now with #2 vote distributions for School Committee (Nov 24)

November 9, 2009

Observations on the 2009 Cambridge Election – Part 1

Filed under: 2009 Election — Tags: , , , — Robert Winters @ 11:52 pm

Nov 9 – There may be a handful of additional ballots to be included this Friday after 5:00pm in the Final Official Count for the Cambridge Municipal Election, but this will almost certainly not affect the outcome of the election. While we all stand breathlessly waiting for the results to be finalized, perhaps this is a time to make a few observations on this year’s election:

1) We were blessed this year with some very good new candidates, most notably Tom Stohlman, Minka vanBeuzekom, Leland Cheung, and Neal Leavitt for City Council and Alan Steinert for School Committee, to name a few. Let’s hope they all assume greater roles in civic affairs in Cambridge and perhaps consider being candidates again in the future.

2) While many were quick to dismiss Marjorie Decker’s chances as a write-in candidate, nearly all the incumbents and several of the challengers knew better as indicated by their concerns expressed at several Election Commission meetings prior to the election. Indeed, an often expressed sentiment was that she might actually have an advantage by being distinguished by the notoriety of the write-in campaign and by the ability to appeal to voters to give their #1 vote this time due to this special situation. She also had a great campaign manager in Jeni Wheeler and plenty of cash.

3) Newly elected Leland Cheung was not, in fact, carried into office by waves of MIT and Harvard students. Though he did well among the relatively few students who voted, Leland’s votes were spread uniformly across the city.

4) Though some activists in East Cambridge did their best to portray Tim Toomey in the worst possible light, he still managed to get 52.5% of all #1 votes in Ward 1. East Cambridge challenger Charlie Marquardt, in contrast, received 3.6% of the #1 votes in Ward 1.

5) Though it took longer than usual to review all the additional auxiliary ballots caused by the write-in campaign, the general consensus is that the process was thorough and accurate and relatively quick (once they got the hang of it).

6) The School Committee election was unusual in that 8 of the 9 candidates did quite well in #1 vote totals with 7 of them within a few hundred votes of each other. None of them reached the election quota in the 1st Count. In the deciding 5th Count, only 19 votes separated Patty Nolan and Joe Grassi. However, unlike the 2001 election when there was a near 3-way tie for the last 2 seats and a lengthy recount, the ballot scanners did not accept ballots with overvotes (or write-ins or blanks) and consequently almost all potentially challengeable ballots have already been reviewed during the two days after Election Day. It is therefore extremely unlikely that a recount would change the results, especially since there were no over-quota candidates and therefore no variability caused by which surplus ballots would be distributed.

Stay tuned. Once the Final Official results are in, much more analysis will follow.


Nov 5 – Unofficial Final Election Results (Thursday): Elected to the City Council – Henrietta Davis, Denise Simmons, Tim Toomey, Craig Kelley, David Maher, Ken Reeves, Sam Seidel, Marjorie Decker, and Leland Cheung (in order of election).

Elected to the School Committee – Richard Harding, Nancy Tauber, Marc McGovern, Fred Fantini, Alice Turkel, and Patty Nolan (in order of election).

Excel spreadsheets of Unofficial Final Election Counts (including auxiliary ballots)

Printable PDF of Unofficial Final Election Counts

November 2, 2009

Reeves Campaign Receipts, Oct 1-15, 2009

Filed under: campaign finance — Robert Winters @ 12:00 am

AmountNameAddressEmployer1Employer2City
$150.00Andrade, Antonio49 Lyon St, Boston, MA 022122Boston
$500.00Andrews, Thomas7 Brickyard Ln, Westborough, MA 01581Senior VPAlexandria RE EquitiesWestborough
$341.41Atlantic Asphalt & Equipment Co (refunded 10/28/09)146 Railroads Street, Revere, MA 02151 Revere
$150.00Austin, Johnathan38 Cameron Ave Cambridge, MA 02140Cambridge
$250.00Bachman, Katharine23 Circuit Rd Boston, MA 02467 AttorneyWilmer Hale Boston
$100.00Barboza, Douglas12 Massasoit Way Mendon, MA 01756Mendon
$500.00Beckett, Edward5 Bowker Rd, Hopkinton, MA 01748constructionThe Richmond GroupHopkinton
$150.00Burnham, Robert858 Mass Ave #1 Boston, MA 02118Boston
$100.00Carbonneau, Michelle68 Frankland Rd Hopkinton, MA 01748Hopkinton
$150.00Carney, Robert45 Farina Rd Hull, MA 02045Hull
$200.00Connolly, David45 Thorny Meadow Way, Hanover, MA 02339AttorneyHinckley Allen & Snyder LLPHanover
$150.00Cooperstein, Marc133 Colonial Ave, North Andover, MA 01845N. Andover
$250.00Demers, Janet111 Radcliffe Rd Belmont, MA 02478HomemakerBelmont
$150.00Doherty, Carol27 Girard Rd Stoneham, MA 02180Stoneham
$100.00Ehrhart, Ann76 Babcock St #2, Brookline, MA 02446Brookline
$150.00Elkus, Lorna35 Stonehenge Rd Lincoln, MA 01773Lincoln
$250.00Farrow, Peter69 Pleasant Street, Concord, MA 01742AttorneyConcord
$500.00Inman, Davis12 Bower St, Medford, MA 02155ContractorMedford
$500.00Kazlauskas, JosephPO Box 88 Bridgewater, MAEngineerAHA ConsultingBridgewater
$500.00Maguire, Joseph309 Hall St, Dunstable, MA 01827Vice PresidentAlexandria Real Estate EquitieDunstable
$250.00Manfredi, David P.90 Pembroke Street, Boston, MA 02118ArchitectEllcus/Manfredi ArchitectsBoston
$500.00Marcus, Joel S.P.O. Box 2807 Beverly Hills, CA 90213AttorneyBeverly Hills, CA
$100.00Mello, David1 St Lawrence Way, North Attleborough, MA 02760N. Attleborough
$150.00Nugent, Christopher20 Nugent Ln, Reading, MA 01867Reading
$500.00Ogletree, Charles54 Pemberton St, Cambridge, MA 02140ProfessorHarvard UniversityCambridge
$250.00O'Reilly, Jr, William133 Abbott Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481AttorneyWilmer HaleWellesley
$500.00Peselman, Rudolf49 Helen Rd, Newton, MA 02468ConsultantNewton
$100.00Queen, Douglas5 Abbot Rd, Natick, MA 01760Natick
$250.00Richardson, James1525 Escondido Way, Belmont, CARealtorAlexandria Real EstateBelmont
$350.00Rothman, Stuart907 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139RealtorFirst CambridgeCambridge
$100.00Festus Joyce1157 Adams Street, Boston, MA 02124Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #17Boston
$500.00Siff, Eden185 Baldpate Hill Rd, Newton, MA 02459Real EstateChestnut Hill RealtyNewton
$500.00Siff, Lauren185 Baldpate Hill Rd, Newton, MA 02459Corporate DesignChestnut Hill RealtyNewton
$250.00Wayne, Richard1731 Beacon St #321, Brookline, MA 02445AttorneyHinckley, Allen & SnyderBrookline
$500.00Zuker, EdwardP.O. Box 377, Boston, MA 02467Founder and PresidentChestnut Hill RealtyBoston
$500.00Zuker, Matthew39 Glenland Rd Boston, MA 02467RealtorChestnut Hill Realty Boston
$500.00Zuker, Robert22 Griggs Terrace, Brookline, MA 02446Real EstateChestnut Hill RealtyBrookline

Click to column heading to sort. Click again to sort in reverse order.

Table updated November 1.
Total itemized receipts for October 1-15: $10,941.34
Total unitemized receipts: $100
Bank Credited Total for the Reporting Period: $15,566.34

Total Receipts: $28,215
[An additional $4,625 in receipts have not yet been itemized.]

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