How The Ward Voted
A summary of who and what Charlestown residents supported on Election Day.
Although the word from pollworkers was that Charlestown residents were coming out in droves, only about half of the neighborhood's registered voters cast ballots in yesterday's election.
Of the 12,642 registered voters in Charlestown, 6,044 voted, according to results from the City of Boston's Election Department today.
- And although support on the streets yesterday seemed to heavily favor Gov. Deval Patrick, the race for governor in Charlestown was a close one: About 47 percent of the vote, or 2,870 ballots, were cast for the incumbent Democrat and his Republican challenger Charles Baker picked up 2,312. Independent candidate Timothy Cahill won 448 votes and Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein won 62.
- The race for state representative covering the Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex district, featured the only 02129 candidate on this year's ballot. But even in her home neighborhood, Monument Square resident Barbara Bush, a Republican, wasn't able to garner enough support to compete with incumbent Democrat Sal DiDomenico. Bush received 1,795 votes to DiDomenico's 3,703.
- On Question 1, which asked voters whether they would repeal the 6.25 alcohol tax passed by the Legislature last year, Charlestown narrowly voted in line with the rest of the state to nix the tax. A total of 2,845 "yes" votes were cast to repeal and 2,786 "no" votes were cast to keep it.
- On Question 2, which asked voters whether they would repeal the state's "anti-snob" housing law, 40B, Charlestown residents, again, voted in line with the rest of the state to preserve the law. More than 58 percent of voters cast a "no."
- On Question 3, which asked voters whether they would rollback the state's sales tax to 3 percent, a fair majority voted to keep the tax at 6.25 percent. A total of 2,269 "yes" votes and 3,441 "no" votes were cast.
- Question 4 on the local ballot was a nonbinding referendum asking voters whether they want their state representatives to pass a resolution asking Israel to grant full rights to Palestinian people. The vote confused some local voters, according to reports from the polls yesterday, but a total of 2,051 "yes" votes and 1,895 "no" votes were cast.
A full report of returns from the city's 22 wards is available on the Department of Elections web site.