Charlestown Sees Increase in Voter Turnout

Vote Charlestown's reporting that about 600 more registered voters in the neighborhood cast ballots in this year's municipal election.

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 9. Here are five things you need to know today.

1. Every incumbent running for City Council this year in Boston has won their re-election bid -- though there were a couple of very close votes. Namely, Michael Flaherty nearly scored one of the four at-large seats -- with what I'm guessing was a lot of support in Charlestown. He lost to Stephen Murphy by 922 votes. Read . 

2. Our friends at Vote Charlestown report that 2,000 people voted in the neighborhood yesterday. That might not seem terribly high, but it's about 600 more voters than Charlestown saw in the last municipal election. Congrats, Vote Charlestown and please, keep up the good work. 

3. Stay tuned to Patch later today and tomorrow for a full report on how the neighborhood voted. I've got to get to City Hall today, get a full print-out of Charlestown's polling places and tally the votes. But the numbers are coming! In the meantime, take a look at .

4. You've got a few more days to take advantage of a great program at the Y. Bring in five non-perishable food items betwee now and Nov. 11 and the YMCA will weaive the $50 joining fee -- and give you three free sessions of health and wellness coaching as part of its "Get Fit, Give Back" campaign. For more details, visit ymcaboston.org/charlestown.

5. Today's forecast. Looks like another lovely day. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. East wind between 3 and 8 mph.

For more info on what's happening around the neighborhood, check out our events calendar. And please, feel free to add your own

Pat McSweeney November 10, 2011 at 03:36 PM
I'm very disappointed in your reporting about the increase in voter turn-out in Charlestown. The increase was actually 700, not 600 as you reported. That represents a 44% increase over the last municipal election - hardly small! You do a great disservice to the Vote Charlestown organization and to the community as a whole by playing down the huge success of this get-out-the-vote effort. Pat McSweeney patmcs5@verizon.net
Vote Charlestown November 10, 2011 at 04:00 PM
I originally said 600 doing math with out the actual numbers so that is where the 600 original came from ...But yes i will agree i think it is a huge success for all that helped with Vote Charlestown
Kristi Ceccarossi November 10, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Hey everyone. I appreciate the comments. Just for the record, all I have done since Vote Charlestown got organized was promote the work you are all doing and try to cover the election for the community. So please, stop telling me I'm doing this wonderful group a disservice!
Joseph November 10, 2011 at 08:26 PM
"2. Our friends at Vote Charlestown report that 2,000 people voted in the neighborhood yesterday. " "Congrats, Vote Charlestown and please, keep up the good work" Pat, you couldn't be more wrong about the coverage The Patch has given to Vote Charlestown.
Pat McSweeney November 10, 2011 at 09:39 PM
We all appreciate your support of Vote Charlestown. I was commenting only on your headline about a "small" increase in turn-out. A 44% increase is huge. And I hope you don't really want your readers to stop commenting on what they read in The Patch.
Kristi Ceccarossi November 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Absolutely not, Pat! The beautiful thing about the web is... you can change a story, a headline, anything -- at any time! And that's what I'm about to do with this one, based on your feedback. So thank you. And keep it coming!
Vote Charlestown November 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Just so everyone is clear ..we appreciate all the attention The patch and Kristi have given to Vote Charlestown...We look forward to having a great relationship with the patch and hope that with our efforts and your Coverage we will one day see 7000 votes cast in an election like the one that just past...Thanks you again and we look forward to having your continued support ....
Vote Charlestown November 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM
GREAT HEADLINE "Charlestown Sees Increase in Voter Turnout"


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