SOURCE Election Guide 2020 – Polls Open Tuesday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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FRAMINGHAM – Tuesday is election day in Framingham, Massachusetts, and across America.

While voters have been voting by mail in record numbers, and could participate in early voting – also in record numbers in the Commonwealth, one can still vote in person on Tuesday.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Framingham residents will also see a local ballot question – question #3 – asking voters to adopt the Community Preservation Act.

If you vote yes, a 1% surcharge would be assessed on property owners. Proponents said that could generate $1.5 million plus an additional $300,000 from the state for projects.

If you vote no, the 1% tax would be rejected.

At the top of the ballot and on most voters’ minds is the presidential election.

There are four choices:

  • BIDEN AND HARRIS  – Democratic
  • HAWKINS AND WALKER – Green
  • JORGENSEN AND COHEN – Libertarian
  • TRUMP AND PENCE – Republican

Sen. Ed Markey, who easily defeated Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III in his primary race in September faces Republican Kevin O’Connor from Dover for his U.S. Senate seat. The winner will serve a 6-year term.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark is facing Republican challenger Caroline Colarusso for her seat in the 5th congressional district. Colarusso, the former postmaster in Framingham, lives in Stoneham.

Senate President Karen Spilka is running unopposed for another term, as is state representatives Jack Patrick Lewis and Maria Robinson. Rep. Lewis represents Ashland and 6 of the 18 Precincts in Framingham. Robinson represents 11 Precincts in Framingham.

State Rep. Carmine Gentile, who represents Sudbury, Wayland, a portion of Framingham and Precinct 3 in Framingham is being challenged for his seat by Republican Ingrid Centurion, who lives in Sudbury.

There are also 2 state-wide ballot questions on Tuesday.

QUESTION 1
Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 5, 2020?

A YES VOTE would provide motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities with expanded access to wirelessly transmitted mechanical data related to their vehicles’ maintenance and repair.

A NO VOTE would make no change in the law governing access to vehicles’ wirelessly transmitted mechanical data.

QUESTION 2
Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 5, 2020?

A YES VOTE would create a system of ranked-choice voting in which voters would have the option to rank candidates in order of preference and votes would be counted in rounds, eliminating candidates with the lowest votes until one candidate has received a majority.

A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws governing voting and how votes are counted.

What if you still have a mail in ballot?

Ballots can be returned by mail, emailed, faxed or returned by hand to the City clerk’s office. They can also be returned to the drop boxes located at Memorial Hall and at the McAuliffe Branch Library, 746 Water Street.

Mail-in ballots need to be postmarked by Nov. 3 and returned to the local election office no later than Nov. 6

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