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November 9, 2012

Heard Around Town: CPA got broad support ... except in Ward 4

SALEM — Yes, the election is over. But, no, we’re not done writing about it.

Do you realize that as long as the lines were on Election Day, the turnout wasn’t even close to 2008, the last presidential election and the first run by Barack Obama.

That year, 91 percent of registered voters in Salem went to the polls. This year, it was about 70 percent, even counting overseas votes and other tallies.

The Democrats did really well in the city, but nowhere better than Ward 2, Precinct 2. Obama, for example, got 69 percent of the vote in Salem, but 92 percent in this precinct, which includes The Point, which has a large Latino population. That matches national trends.

The surprise of the night had to be the big vote for the Community Preservation Act, which asked voters to tax themselves. Admittedly, it wasn’t a big tax — about $30 for the average household — but it was a tax nonetheless.

The binding CPA ballot question won by more than 1,500 votes.

It went down to defeat in only three precincts, including all of Ward 4, a working-class neighborhood along Boston Street. Ward 4 not only rejected it — they stomped on it by 400 votes.

For some reason, medical marijuana was a big hit in Ward 2, where more than 70 percent of voters supported it. We don’t want to speculate on the reason, but it may explain why it took so long to fix Bridge Street.

Our favorite election story?

Lt. Conrad Prosniewski, who worked the polls Tuesday, was approached by a 10-year-old girl in his neighborhood before he headed down to vote.

“Don’t vote for Romney,” the little girl said. “He’s going to take away the Cartoon Channel.”

Windy Sunday

They’ve got what sounds like a really interesting program at CinemaSalem on Sunday morning.

“Cape Spin,” a documentary about the Cape Wind project, will be screened at 10 a.m. Tickets are $6.

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