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November 7, 2012

Decision day turns landmark day

Record-setting turnout sweeps the region


“I feel good about holding a sign today, except my feet are freezing.”

Richard Mades, who was holding signs for Republican congressional candidates Richard Tisei and Scott Brown at Bresnahan School, said, “I don’t know that holding signs will result in votes, but I feel the conservative candidates should be represented.

“There has been a lot of traffic here (along High Street) and the signs remind people of (all) the candidates in the race.”

Jeff Esche stood on a corner near the Brown School for several hours holding a sign for newly elected state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives.

“I haven’t done much work for other candidates but I think O’Connor Ives can do a good job of representing us,” Esche said. “I am involved with the tree program here, and she was always thorough and responsive when it came to an ordinance we created and with our activities. She has the potential to be effective at the state level.”

Despite the high interest in yesterday’s election, it was uncharacteristically quiet in the Newburyport City Council Chambers when City Clerk Richard Jones delivered the city’s vote tallies last night.

Many local political leaders opted to await returns with Ives at her victory party in Bradford, leaving Jones with a small audience.

Reflecting on the day, Jones said the 2012 vote went off as well as he could have hoped.

“I thought all in all it was a very good day,” he said.

Jones said there were problems with machines throughout the day, starting with a snafu reported first thing yesterday morning at the Plum Island polling station. But unlike the primary election, the issues were easily fixed and caused only minor delays.

“At the end of the primary day, we had a machine blow,” Jones said. “We didn’t have that issue this time. They were all fixed in a few minutes.”

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