Showing posts with label election. Show all posts
Showing posts with label election. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023 (updated for 6/11/24)

The chart depicting the voter count and percent for the elections from 2003 through 2023, update for June 11, 2024 results.

Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023 (updated for 6/11/24)
Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023 (updated for 6/11/24)


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

(Unofficial Results) - Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024 No by 236 votes

Town Clerk Nancy Danello release the unofficial override results Tuesday evening at Franklin High School.

Yes = 5542
No = 5778
Blanks = 5
Total = 11,325

Percent voters 45.5%
Total voters = 24,891
Total residents = 33,389






Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024
Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024

What's happening in Franklin, MA: Tuesday, June 11, 2024?

Tuesday, June 11
6:00am - 8:00pm   Special Election ($6.8M Override)
5:00pm  Student Public Art Release - "The Traveling School of Fish" (Sculpture Park)
6:00pm  Family Game Night (Franklin Public Library)
7:00pm  Musical Bingo (Raillery Public House
7:00pm  Yankee Quilters Meeting: quilt artist Betsy Habich (Emma's Quilt Cupboard)

** Town Meetings today
 
  • Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Meeting
Event Date:  Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 10:00am  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/municipal_affordable_housing_trust_june_11_2024.pdf

  • Design Review Meeting Agenda
Event Date:  Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 7:00pm (virtual meeting)
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/drc_agenda_6-11-2024.pdf



What's happening today in Franklin?
What's happening today in Franklin? 
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Why are there multiple calendars?
There is a Cultural events calendar upon which other community events are layered to create the Community calendar.

Respectfully, the Library and Senior Center calendars are too full of events to include all their events so we tend to focus on the major events. Town and School meetings are also kept separate. Links for all the calendars are shared here:

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events    

Find the full Community event calendar  https://bit.ly/FranklinCommunityCalendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:  https://bit.ly/Submit2Calendar

The Library calendar of events ->    calendar link

The Senior Center calendar of events ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/node/39/events/month/39/2023-12

The Town meeting calendar is found  https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar
The School district calendar is found  https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023

The chart depicting the voter count and percent for the elections from 2003 through 2023 

Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023
Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023

The table of info most recently from Town Clerk Nancy Danello (and prior Town Clerks) (PDF) ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PEhv7D0uIHBxGyE42JQpVuoTEZLeibXF/view?usp=drive_link

Monday, May 6, 2024

Franklin Town Clerk provides Important Information for Special Election, June 11, 2024

May 3, 2024

From the Office of the Town Clerk, Nancy Danello, CMC

Re: Important information regarding the Special Election, June 11, 2024

With the formal approval of our Town Council members by Resolution 24- 21 for the purpose of a Special Election to be held on June 11, 2024 at the Franklin High School from 6 AM to 8 PM.

The question reads:
Shall the Town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional 6.8 million dollars in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of the operating budget for which monies from this assessment will be used for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024?

"The above question will be the only question on the ballot, it is a Yes or No question."

Immediately after receiving ballots, the Town Clerk's Office will be hosting in-person early voting during normal business hours which are Mon., Tues., Thurs. from 8 AM to 4 PM, Wednesday, 8 AM to 6 PM and Friday from 8 AM to 1 PM. 

There will also be one (1) weekend day which is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Clerk's Office Only.

For Voters who have requested a vote by mail ballot for the State Election (11/5) by completing the card sent by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, you will also be receiving a ballot for this Special Election. We have a total of 5,000 requests so far. 

If you are unsure that your request was received please contact my office at 508-520-4900 or townclerk@franklinma.gov and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to receive a Vote-by-Mail application please contact my office or click on the following link: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/divisions/elections/languages/vote-by-maiI-applications.htm

Dates of Importance:
  • Early Voting will commence as soon as the ballots arrive (I will notify the Voters once they are received) 
  • Tabulator Testing: May 29th at 10:00 AM in Council Chambers
  • Last Day to Register to vote: June 1 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Town Clerk's Office or online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/
  • Special Election June 11, 2024 from 6 AM to 8 PM @ FHS -  All mail in ballots must be received in the Clerk's Office by 8:00 PM in order to be counted.

Download a PDF of this info as reference or to share ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hHY6WNYveV8CwmiFsUBNqoV5UrWWDHJ6/view?usp=drive_link



For the record, the ballot question for the roads dedicated override in 2014 was worded as:

"Shall the Town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional $1,500,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding a stabilization fund as provided in GL Chapter 40 Section 5 B, said funds to be expended solely for roadway, and related drainage work for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and sixteen?"

The only successful override to date was on May 2007 and the wording was as follows: 
"Shall the Town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional $2,700,000.00 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of the operating budget which monies from this assessment will be used for the fiscal year beginning July 1, two thousand and seven?"
The text of all the override or debt exclusion votes can be found in one spreadsheet thanks to the info provided by our Town Clerk

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

2024 election: What misinformation trends to watch out for

"The voice in the robocall sounded a lot like President Joe Biden. Days before the New Hampshire primary in January, the message told voters their “vote makes a difference in November, not this Tuesday.”

It wasn’t Biden. The call was created by a magician in New Orleans, who reportedly said he used an artificial intelligence program on behalf of an operative working for a rival Democratic candidate.

Misinformation, having played a major role in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, now threatens to erupt more than ever this cycle, as the rise of generative AI and the erosion of social media controls add fuel to campaigns’ distortions. At stake is the outcome of elections up and down the ballot this November as Biden once again faces off against Republican candidate, former president Donald Trump.

“On the one hand, it feels the same,” said Claire Wardle, cofounder of the Information Futures Lab at Brown University’s School of Public Health in Rhode Island, of this election. “But actually, I think the world looks quite different four years later.”
Continue reading the article online at the Globe (subscription maybe required)

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Presidential Primary Election Day - March 5 from 6 AM to 8 PM at Franklin High School

The MA Presidential Primary voting opened at Franklin High School at 6 AM this morning and will close at 8 PM today. All 9 precincts vote in one place.

I plan on being at the high school to record the results and share them as soon as the Town Clerk has them available.

Presidential Primary Election Day - March 5 from 6 AM to 8 PM at Franklin High School
Presidential Primary Election Day - March 5 from 6 AM to 8 PM at Franklin High School

Sample ballots for the primary -> choose one party ballot to cast your vote

Any additional info on the Primary Election can be found on the Town Clerk's page


Thursday, February 22, 2024

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Tabulator/Ballot Testing for the Presidential Primary - Weds, Feb 21 at 9 AM

Notice from the Town Clerk’s Office:

Tabulator/Ballot Testing for the Presidential Primary 3/5/2024 Will be held on Wednesday, February 21st in the Town Council Chambers

Beginning at 9:00 AM

Observers Welcome


Shared from the Town Clerk's page

Note: Based upon prior testing, this may last less than an hour

Town of Franklin: Tabulator Testing shows ballots will be read properly
Town of Franklin: Tabulator Testing shows ballots will be read properly (photo from testing in Oct 2022)

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Nancy Danello joins this "Talk Franklin" episode to talk elections with Jamie, Amy and I (audio)

FM #1144 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1144 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares a new format for "Talk Franklin'' with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Deputy Administrator Amy Frigulietti. 


This episode features a conversation on the 2024 elections with Town Clerk Nancy Danello. We recorded our discussion in person in the 3rd floor Training Room on Thursday, January 25, 2024.


Topics for this session

Quick news highlights

Franklin Ridge received $8.5M funding

Town Council goals set for next 2 years

Jamie elected as Vice-President of Mass Municipal Assoc (MMA)

Elections for 2024

Presidential Primary - March 5

State Primary - September 3

Presidential Election  - November 5

Quick outlook

Council Meeting - Jan 31

Finance Mtg - Feb 6

Council Mtg - Feb 28

Joint Budget Cmte - March 6


The recording runs about 47 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie, Amy & Nancy on Thursday, January 25, 2024 Audio link -> https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/letstalkfranklin/episodes/Talk-Franklin---A-Podcast-from-the-Town-Administrators-Office-e2f34do/a-aatdjc7




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Town Administrator page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator


Talk Franklin podcast page -> https://open.spotify.com/show/6q76wsRAKGPuEZ8mzEGvP2 


Town Clerk page for Elections -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerkelection-administrator/pages/important-information-regarding-elections-voting 



Top 10 billboard hits on voting

https://www.billboard.com/music/pop/election-themed-songs-james-brown-alice-cooper-hits-7572297/


10. Paula Webb, “Please, Mr. President” (No. 60, 1975)

9. Black Sheep, “The Choice Is Yours” (No. 57, 1992)

8. Jeezy feat. Nas, “My President” (No. 57, 2008)

7. The Radiants, “Voice Your Choice” (No. 51, 1965)

6. Johnnie Taylor, “I Could Never Be President” (No. 48, 1969)

5. James Brown, “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” (No. 44, 1974)

4. Johnny Sea, “Day For Decision” (No. 35, 1966)

3. Alice Cooper, “Elected” (No. 26, 1972)

2. Re-Flex, “The Politics of Dancing” (No. 24, 1984)

1. Arcadia, “Election Day” (No. 6, 1985)



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Nancy Danello joins this "Talk Franklin" episode to talk elections with Jamie, Amy and I (audio)
Nancy Danello joins this "Talk Franklin" episode to talk elections with Jamie, Amy and I (audio)

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Town of Franklin: 2024 Presidential Primary Election Schedule

Per Town Clerk, Nancy Danello, the schedule for the Presidential Primary is as follows:

IN PERSON EARLY VOTING
Franklin High School Gymnasium, 218 Oak St
  • February 24 (Saturday) 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • February 26 (Monday) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • February 27 (Tuesday) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • February 28 (Wed.) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • February 29 (Thursday) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • March 1 (Friday) 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Early Voting also held in the Town Clerk’s Office During normal business hours
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 8AM to 4PM Wednesday 8AM to 6PM and Fri 8AM to 1PM

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION DAY 
TUESDAY, MARCH 5 
6:00 AM TO 8:00 PM


Town of Franklin: 2024 Presidential Primary Election Schedule
Town of Franklin: 2024 Presidential Primary Election Schedule

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Official Results for the Town of Franklin Biennial Election - Nov 7, 2023

The Town of Franklin Biennial Election Results for Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023 were certified by Town Clerk Nancy Danello and are now official.

A total of 3,126 voters cast ballots in this election, only 12% of the 24,474 registered Franklin voters.




Town of Franklin: OFFICIAL Biennial Election Results - Nov 7, 2023
Town of Franklin: OFFICIAL Biennial Election Results - Nov 7, 2023

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Town of Franklin Biennial Election Unofficial Results - Nov 7, 2023 (audio)

The Town of Franklin Biennial Election Unofficial Results as read off by Town Clerk Nancy Danello in the Franklin High School gym on Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023. A group of 40 or so candidates and their supporters were present to listen to the results.

  • In the Town Council race, the 9 incumbents held off the one challenger. 
  • The Tri-County debt exclusion passed
  • Only 6200 3100 voters cast ballots, a disappointing turnout 

Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1094-town-of-franklin-biennial-election-unofficial-results-11-07-23

The “Election Collection” for 2023 -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/07/franklin-election-collection-2023.html 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/  or www.franklin.news 

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

Town of Franklin: UNOFFICIAL Biennial Election Results - Nov 7, 2023
Town of Franklin: UNOFFICIAL Biennial Election Results - Nov 7, 2023

Town of Franklin: UNOFFICIAL Biennial Election Results - Nov 7, 2023

Via Town Clerk Nancy Danello, the unofficial results are available.
  • In the Town Council race, the 9 incumbents held off the one challenger. 
  • The Tri-County debt exclusion passed
  • Only 6200 3100 voters cast ballots, a disappointing turnout 
Download a PDF of the unofficial results ->


Town of Franklin: UNOFFICIAL Biennial Election Results - Nov 7, 2023
Town of Franklin: UNOFFICIAL Biennial Election Results - Nov 7, 2023

Please vote today, the polls are open from 6 AM to 8 PM. This local election determines how Franklin's dollars are spent.

The Finance Committee will review the adjustments to the final FY 2024 budget to the town (including school funding) on Wednesday, Nov 8. The Town Council will meet Nov 15 to reorganize (determine Chair, Vice-Chair & Clerk) and vote on the final FY 2024 budget. Then on Nov 21, the Town Council in its first significant act for the new 2-year term will vote to set the tax rate

Your local priorities are set by the Town and School administration with oversight and approval by the Town Council and School Committee. Your vote determines who gets those seats.

Yes, we should have more candidates to choose from but that is something we as a community will need to work on for next time around (Nov 2025).

Aside from the local races, the ballot question to fund the Tri-County new school is up for vote. Will Franklin decide to fund it via a debt exclusion (30 years, approx. $2M/year) or will they force the Tri-County expense to come from the regular operating budget which would likely mean cuts across all the Town and School budgets.


** Sample ballot via Town Clerk page ->

** Listen to Town Clerk Nancy Danello walk us through the Oct 24 Tri-County election (now completed) and the Town Biennial Election Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023

** Other info shared during the election season is collected in one page ->