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Election 2012 Results: Waltham Voter Turnout Skyrockets

Many more voters turned out to the polls in Waltham in the 2012 election.

Voter turnout skyrocketed in the 2012 election compared to the 2008 election, according to the city clerk's office.

Overall, voter turnout in Waltham jumped about 20 percent from 50 percent in 2008 to 70.76 perent in the 2012 election, according to election results.

Waltham City Clerk Russ Malone said he anticipated a large jump in voter turnout and attributed it to increased interest and passion among voters. 

"People [are] passionate about both candidates," Malone said of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. "You could not keep [voters] away."

Overall 25,206 voters cast ballots out of 35,620 registered voters in the 2012 election, according to election results. 

Anticipating the increased turnout, Malone said he ordered two extra check-in/check-out workers per polling place to keep voters quickly flowing through the polls. 

For detailed results, see the chart below.

Overall, voting in Waltham went well, Malone said. Two voting machines, however, suffered malfunctions, but were quickly fixed, he said. 

 

Race  Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party/Unenrolled Candidates Results U.S. President Obama-Biden 15,748 Romney-Ryan 8,816 U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren 13,912 Scott Brown 11,090 U.S. Congress, 5th District Ed Markey 17,546 Tom Tierney 5,729 MA House, 10th Middlesex District John Lawn 5,420
Francis Stanton 2,114 MA State Senate, 3rd Middlesex District Mike Barrett 14,791 Sandi Martinez 7,246 Gov. Council Marilyn Devaney 15,402
Tom Sheff (independent) 5,319 Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian 19,194
Ernesto Petrone 2,728 Answer Results Answer  Results Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 17,913 No 3,003 Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 12,323 No 11,284 Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 15,044 No 8,197

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