Election results for Lynn/state, updates from state government, & more | November 4, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
NOVEMBER 4, 2020

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Election results: See how Lynn voted!

Last night at 9:33PM the City of Lynn Election Office sent out their unofficial results for Lynn from yesterday’s election. They will send out official numbers with percentages after they have been confirmed, and we will post those as well.

Voter turnout this year was massive. Over 18,000 Lynners voted early this year via mail or in-person, according to Lynn City Clerk & Chief of Elections Janet Rowe. Several long lines and temporarily broken ballot machines were reported at some polling locations yesterday in the city. 35,139 registered voters cast ballots in this election, 62.70% of total registered voters (56,041) in the City of Lynn.

Presidential elections always draw the biggest crowds to vote in Lynn, municipal elections don’t draw the same amount of people. For comparison last year for the city election only 10,777 registered voters cast ballots, or 20.4% of registered voters. In the previous city election in 2017 14,849 voters cast ballots, or 28.16% of registered voters.

Below are the results for the Presidential, Congressional, & U.S. Senate races along with ballot questions for the City of Lynn.

The Associated Press has called many races in Massachusetts. Please keep in mind that many cities & towns both in MA & across the nation are still counting, so results can and will change. All of the results listed below are as of 11:30am today.

Across the state Biden took Massachusetts with 65% of the vote, an expected win. Markey & Moulton won their reelection campaigns, with 66% & 65% of the vote respectively. Question 1: “Amend Right To Repair Law” passed with 75% of the vote, a strong win for that ballot question. However Question 2: “Ranked-Choice Voting” is proving to be a much closer race. Even at the time of writing it is too close to call with 54% against and 45% in favor.

Across the nation there is a lot of uncertainty. Many states were called by the AP last night, but a few states have not been. Right now Joe Biden is narrowly beating incumbent President Donald Trump in the popular vote 50% to 48%. The thing to watch though is the Electoral College, which was the key to Trump’s victory in 2016 after losing the popular vote. Currently Biden is in the lead with 238 Electoral votes with Trump at 213, 270 is the number needed to win the Presidency. The states of Alaska, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, & Georgia still have not been called–and they are not expected to finish tallying all of their ballots for some time.

We highly recommend paying attention to results from the Associated Press for future results. They are the benchmark many campaigns & news networks use when declaring winners. You can find detailed results for each state from the Associated Press by clicking here

To view detailed election results for Lynn please click here to be taken to the City of Lynn Elections Office webpage.



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Updates from state government

  • As of Tuesday night, DPH reported a total of 157,308 cases of COVID-19. The state has now confirmed a total of 9,809 deaths from the virus.

 

  • Governor Baker’s latest nominee to the Supreme Judicial Court is an Appeals Court judge with a background in intellectual property litigation who built a robot while studying engineering at MIT. Judge Dalila Argaez Wendlandt, if confirmed to the post by the Governor’s Council, would be the first Latina to serve on the state’s high court. Her nomination, which comes after Baker last week tapped Associate Justice Kimberly Budd to serve as the court’s next chief justice, moves the second-term Republican governor a step closer to having chosen the full SJC bench. Of the current six justices, one seat is vacant after the death of Chief Justice Ralph Gants, Governor Baker has appointed five, and the sixth seat will open up when Justice Barbara Lenk retires later this year. The Governor’s Council, which will vet Wendlandt for the SJC post, unanimously confirmed her for the Appeals Court.

 

  • In an interview with State House News Service, House Speaker Robert DeLeo indicated Tuesday evening that a time-sensitive supplemental budget to close the books on the last fiscal year (FY20) could be on the agenda for a potential formal session Thursday. He also discussed his interest in passing reproductive rights legislation and saying he wants to learn more before committing to long-term voting reforms.

 

  • Advocates and some lawmakers have been calling for the Legislature to pass a bill expanding abortion access in Massachusetts, known as the ROE Act (H 3320 / S 1209). Following the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett whom pro-choice advocates view as a potential threat to Roe v. Wade. Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Karen Spilka on Monday issued a joint statement committing to hold debate this session on abortion and reproductive health care legislation. Speaker DeLeo said he was “not so sure” that the ROE bill would be part of the agenda for Thursday’s potential formal session, but reiterated he wants that debate to happen by session’s end.

 

  • Speaker DeLeo is thinking about the potential need to keep meeting via remote sessions, how to hold a new member education session over Zoom instead of at UMass Amherst, and the logistics of how to swear in the House’s 160 members. The speaker said his preference would be to hold the opening ceremony at the State House but he does not know if that is possible. He said he spoke with House counsel about whether members could be sworn in one division at a time, in batches of 40, but that might even be too many people to sit together in the same room depending on the pandemic’s status.

Special thanks to MassAccess for providing these updates.


From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 630 with 53 new cases today. 5,127 Lynn residents have recovered and 123 have died. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have died and recovered, is 5,880. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.

Stop the Spread Initiative Testing have been extended until December 31st

  • Fallon Ambulance offers testing at the following locations. Walk up Only:
    • Parking lot at Lynn English High School
      • Mon – Sat from 11:00am until 5:00pm

o    Parking Lot behind Fire Station at 725 Western Ave, off of Federal Street

  • Mon – Sat 12:00pm-6:00pm

o    Residents who have been tested for COVID-19 through Fallon Ambulance can call 617-765-0176 with any questions related to your COVID-19 test results.

  • Call Lynn Community Health Center (781)-581-3900 to make a COVID-19 test appointment at 9 Buffum Street location

Stop the Spread Initiative Testing have been extended until December 31st

Please visit http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/covid19/resources.shtml#p7GPc1_2 for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn until December 31st.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (www.lynnma.gov), social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at www.smart911.com).

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