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UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Romney Tops Salem Ballot

Nine percent of voters turned out Tuesday to voice their choice in the Presidential Primary; votes also cast for state and ward committee positions.

Of the city's 26,086 registered voters, 9 percent showed up at the polls Tuesday to vote in the Presidential Primary.

Votes for state and ward committee positions were also on the ballots.

For a complete breakdown of the vote, check the attached PDF. Be sure to use the full screen and zoom tools to better see the results.

Here's how the Republican Presidential Primary totals turned out:

Presidential Preference Votes (All Wards/Precincts) Blanks 1 Ron Paul 217 Mitt Romney 1,396 Rick Perry 4 Rick Santorum 174 Jon Huntsman 12 Michelle Bachmann 6 Newt Gingrich 83 No Preference 17 Write-Ins (Others) 5 Total 1,915

Unofficial results are courtesy of the .

Justin Mattera March 07, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Food for thought. Before everyone starts to voice their opinion on the ridiculously low voting percentage, listen to this. I moved over 4 months ago. As part of moving, I went to the government run post office and changed my address. Most small companies that send me letters, picked up on this and began to send all mailings to my new address. Now yesterday I walked a mile to my voting location only to find out that I was not registered at that location and I had to vote 3 miles down the road at my old address. For someone who walks and does not drive, this is the last thing I want to do after working 10 hours. So that would mean I would have had to walk a total of bout 6 miles to place a vote. Sorry, not happening. Another thing. When I ran for city council last year, the elections office told me I was ward 5. I then walked the beat, campaigned, and got my signatures. As I went to submit all of my hard work, I was told by the elections office that they "messed up" and I was actually in ward 3 and would have to go back out and campaign again and get more signatures. At this point I attempted to complete the required actions and eventually dropped out at the last moment. Salem needs to get this stuff in order. There is no one to blame but the city. Let's go, get with it.
William Legault March 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
When you move it is your responsibility to go to City Hall and change your voting address. The city has no obligation to do this for you.
Justin Mattera March 07, 2012 at 01:27 PM
And what about changing my ward and making that mistake? Should I be able to read minds? Sorry Bill, like many other things, we simply disagree. The city is the only one that is hurt by this.
d March 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Justin, I think you make an excellent point. The USPS should automatically forward change of address notices to the election department(s) affected. This would require a very small investment in technology compared to the benefits. It would also require statutory and procedural changes at every level of government, but, again, it would be well worth it. If you would like to campaign for these changes, you would have my support.
Justin Mattera March 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I appreciate your support! This may be one of the issues I use to debate for my next run at city council. Thinking back, I may have even registered again on the back of the "change of address form". The whole process is a joke.
William Legault March 07, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Justin this is not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing. It is the voters responsibility to change notify the city clerk as to a change of voting address. I walk to city hall every year in order to verify my voter registration. As for your "which ward am I in" issue, not having been there when you asked I cannot speak to it.
William Legault March 07, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I also disagree firmly with your "this process is a joke" comment. You register at an address, when you move you re-register. Is it really that difficult?
Jared Robinson March 07, 2012 at 05:29 PM
lol. there were only 8 Green-Rainbow Party Ballots used. That's kinda funny. Wish I had taken one now. I also wonder how many independents voted on the Republican Ballot. When asked which ballot I wanted, I told the lady "I'll give this one a shot..." and took the Republican one. I mainly did the Republican one to give Ron Paul one more vote in the hopes that he runs as an independent and breaks the whole thing :D
Justin Mattera March 07, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Like I said Bill, we can have our own opinions on the process, apparently ours are different. Nothing wrong with having different opinions on how things are done, that's our right as Americans. But yes, it is a joke. It's a joke that when I move and tell one government agency one thing, they can't relay that one thing to the rest. It's ridiculous. We don't have to agree, but to me its simply ridiculous.
Josh Turiel March 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Redistricting takes place every 10 years after the census data is published. As a result of population growth in a few key areas (the apartment complexes on Highland Avenue and at the train station, along with condos near Vinnin Square and the new SSU dorms) the biggest changes were to Wards 2 and 5. In 5, we gained the south eastern side of Lafayette all the way to the Marblehead line (formerly in Ward 7) and we also gained the west side of Lafayette all the way to New Derby, and that whole block. Ward 2 was extended to take population mostly from 3, expanding into the Broad and Chestnut areas. I agree with Bill - you have to look up your own location and check it with the tools online (http://www.salem.com/Pages/SalemMA_Clerk/index) for best results. If you move, you need to be responsible for updating your address - they do not do it automatically. Also, if you don't return the annual census form that is delivered to your house (there are drop off points besides City Hall), you can get dropped from the rolls entirely. The barrier is low to registering, updating, and handling the census, but you do have to take care of it all.
Brendan March 07, 2012 at 05:38 PM
The Bentley School needs to put up signs so new Salem Ward 1 voters like myself don't have to try 3 different doors and look like a total creep trying to break into an elementary school.
Justin Mattera March 07, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I always fill out the census. After my "run in" with the elections office last year, maybe I am just bitter. Either way, things could be changed for the better. That's my only point.
john March 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Last week I recieved a postcard from the city informing me that my voting location had changed. It showed the new location which was the same as it has been for years. This is what we are doing with our staff that are being paid by the taxpayers? Sending out postcards that show the city doesn't even know what they are doing.
Brendan March 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I understand the frustration but I found that easiest thing to do when changing your address/party affiliation is to fill out the national voter registration form online, print it, and send it in to the address provided for Massachusetts. I got confirmation of my registration within a week of sending in the form. It's the most efficient I've ever seen the government work.
KlassySalem March 07, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Did you fix your voter registration issue?
KlassySalem March 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
As a candidate, you know that the change in ward boundaries wasn't made public until after the election. I asked the city for the proposed redistricting map and they refused to release it until it was final. I also asked Justin when he took out papers if he was sure he'd still be in Ward 3, and he relayed his conversation with the clerk's office to me at the time. The ward/precinct map that was available at the time, at the address you posted, had Justin in Ward 3, which wasn't the case after the election.
Josh Turiel March 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
True - I did not find out the new boundaries until early December when I saw the street listing. That was a month after the election, and before taking office. All I knew before that was the outlines of what wards would change the most, and that was mainly because I knew where all the development was over the last 10 years. That isn't the fault of the clerk's office, though. The boundaries are mainly imposed from above, we don't get a lot of say locally. Which is the reason for some of the odd zigs that are made here (JPI in Ward 6, Margin Street with no residents in 5, etc.)

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