Western Massachusetts Election Day 2011:...
 
9:24
MassLive.com: 
The sun is shining and election day is here in Western Massachusetts!

Stay with MassLive.com and The Republican for complete coverage of the many mayoral races across the region and submit your thoughts and thoughts to join the discussion.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 9:24 MassLive.com
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Twitter
masslivenews: 
#election2011 Who ya got? We want to know who you're voting for and why [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 9:32 masslivenews
9:42
MassLive.com: 
The Republican's Peter Goonan has a terrific break down of the crucial mayoral races across the region, including in Springfield and Holyoke. Read it here >>
Tuesday November 8, 2011 9:42 MassLive.com
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masslivenews: 
Ask the voters: Who are you voting for Tuesday, and why?: Let us know what's bringing you out to the pol... http://t.co/67i8nS4n [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 9:44 masslivenews
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GregSaulmon: 
@WHYNNewsTalk560 Just encouraged our live blog readers to give you guys a call. [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 9:44 GregSaulmon
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masslivenews: 
We'll have coverage throughout election day with live updates & complete results when polls close tonight. #westernma, #mapoli [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 9:44 masslivenews
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GeorgeGraham413: 
Election Day dawns clear and bright in #Westernma | http://t.co/3mwxaDYh http://t.co/SSs8VuDf [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 9:44 GeorgeGraham413
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[Comment From Seth Seth : ] 
I've already voted for Mayor Michael Tautznik in Easthampton. I'm hoping he wins another term.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 11:17 Seth
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[Comment From Kristen Kristen : ] 
Voted in Holyoke for Alex Morse for Mayor. I was voter number 87 in my precinct at 8:30 in the morning, which seemed to be an early indicator of higher turnout. We shall see.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 12:16 Kristen
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[Comment From John John : ] 
My vote for Mayor in every city goes to Greg Saulmon based solely on his outstanding service covering last weeks storm and power outage situation. What an excellent service he provided. I hope he's getting some much needed rest this week!
Tuesday November 8, 2011 12:16 John
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[Comment From Tricia Tricia : ] 
Hands down, Mayor Mike Tautznik is the best man for the job! Best of luck to you today Mike!!! And thank you for all you've done for our city.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 12:16 Tricia
12:18
MassLive.com: 

As Kristen said, the numbers are good so far in Holyoke. City Clerk Susan Eagan is reporting 'good numbers' coming in from the polls. Read more >>

Tuesday November 8, 2011 12:18 MassLive.com
12:20
MassLive.com: 
Reports from Agawam, West Springfield and Westfield are good after the morning rush. Agawam, in particular, saw a large patch of busy voter turnout as Agawam Mayor Richard A. Cohen is running for re-election against former state rep Rosemary Sandlin.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 12:20 MassLive.com
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[Comment From John John : ] 
I think I was number 148 in Springfield ward 7. Very good for 10am in this ward in comparison to previous elections. Most people vote in the afternoon here.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 1:01 John
1:01
MassLive.com: 
Just a reminder folks that we'll have live results coming in starting at 7 p.m. Stay tuned with us all day long for election coverage and results.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 1:01 MassLive.com
2:10
MassLive.com: 
The Republican's Mike Plaisance files this report from Holyoke:

HOLYOKE -- Candidates will be on an emotional roller coaster until polls close Tuesday at 8 p.m., but Bill Cain might have had the day's coolest ride.

Cain, of Holyoke, had his cream-colored 1931 Ford pickup parked outside the Ward 6 polling place at the First Lutheran School on Northampton Street sporting Pluta for Mayor signs.

"When this was built by Henry Ford, gasoline was 9 cents a gallon," Cain said.

Tuesday November 8, 2011 2:10 MassLive.com
2:11
MassLive.com: 
More on the Holyoke election from Mike Plaisance:

Poll officials were reporting about a 30 percent turnout at Ward 6.

Political veteran William R. Collamore said it looked much higher.

Collamore, 76, is running for another term for Ward 6 School Committee.

"What I'm hearing is it's so heavy. The weather is so nice, so that has something to do with it. But I've been around for so many years, I'd be surprised if we didn't break a record," said Collamore.

He has been active in politics since as a child he held signs for his late uncle James Farrell, a city councilor, he said.

City Councilor at Large Aaron M. Vega stood on the tree belt holding one of his round Vega for Council signs at the Ward 6 poll. He had something besides just a wave for even competitors, he said.

"I think everybody's surprised we're offering food to everybody, not just our supporters. Hey, we're all in this together," Vega said.

Tuesday November 8, 2011 2:11 MassLive.com
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MassLive.com: 
We asked our readers 'Who are you voting for and why?'

Here's one response from reader mthazard:


I voted for change in Holyoke. I also voted against the casino by voting for that change. Advocating for our city has been the focus of the Alex Morse's campaign. He is not catering to outside influences to bet on a casino to help Holyoke. All the research demonstrates that casinos suck the life out of host cities. This city is on the verge of a renaissance. Alex Morse is a catalyst for that renewal.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 3:10 MassLive.com
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MassLive.com: 

Also in our 'Who are you voting for and why' thread, reader iowacowboy writes:

I voted for Tosado for Mayor and Lysak for ward 8 city councilor. I did not vote for any of the incumbant at large city concilors, especially Tim Rooke because they support the biomass plant as I would rather have a Nuclear Plant than a biomass. I voted for Ammad Rivera for one of my city council at large votes because of his leadership. 

Tuesday November 8, 2011 3:12 MassLive.com
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MassLive.com: 
Reader inmycity 4 writes:

It's none of your business who I'm voting for. 

Fair enough! The most important thing is to get out and vote!
Tuesday November 8, 2011 3:14 MassLive.com
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MassLive.com: 
Reader gracielou29 writes:

CHICOPEE: Voted for Bissonnette
Biela for Clerk 
Joel for School Committee
my councilor was unopposed.
Good luck to all and pleae vote.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 3:15 MassLive.com
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MassLive.com: 
The Daily Hampshire Gazette writes that a Northampton ballot question regarding the repeal of the Community Preservation Act is drawing voters to the polls.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 4:30 MassLive.com
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MassLive.com: 
The Republican's Brian Steele reports that 42 percent turnout is predicted in Easthampton. 2009 turnout was 45 percent.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 4:47 MassLive.com
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MassLive.com: 
As reported by The Republican's Stephanie Barry: Today at the polls Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno joked, "This is the first time I've worn a suit in a week" in reference to the late October snowstorm aftermath.

Sarno sported a baseball cap and a zip-up jacket last week when blasting WMECo.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 4:51 MassLive.com
5:40
MassLive.com: 
Chicopee and Westfield polls close in 1:20, at 7 p.m. ... get out the vote!
Tuesday November 8, 2011 5:40 MassLive.com
5:47
MassLive.com: 
An interesting story posted on Michael Bissonnette's Facebook page:

Last call~~two hour warning until polls close in Chicopee. Just had a guy leave a hospital bed to go vote~~broke his leg in three places, had it set and hobbled in to his polling place. Now that is a patriot who respects his right to vote ! Thanks Donnie and all our volunteers and poll workers who made today happen.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 5:47 MassLive.com
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Twitter
RRizzuto413: 
Election Warden @Jackson Street School in #Northampton says voter turnout has been steady all day. Things picking up more now. #election2011 [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:10 RRizzuto413
6:12
MassLive.com: 
With 22-year-old Alex Morse running for Mayor of Holyoke, here's some "Did You Know?" material:

Among cities of a comparable size of Holyoke, there are at least 3 currently-serving mayors elected at an age under 25. Mathias Harter was elected mayor of La Crosse, Wisconsin (population 51,000) at age 24. Justin Nickels was elected mayor of Manitowoc, Wisconsin (population 34,000) at age 22. John Tyler Hammons was elected mayor of Muskogee, Oklahoma (population 38,000) at age 19.

Current youngest mayor of a major city is Luke Ravenstahl of Pittsburgh (population 334,000), elected at age 27.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:12 MassLive.com
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Twitter
RRizzuto413: 
Tom of #Northampton said he voted for David Narkewicz because of "negative campaigning" on Michael Bardsley's part. #election2011 [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:24 RRizzuto413
6:24
MassLive.com
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:24 
6:25
MassLive.com: 
Holyoke Mayor Elaine A. Pluta, center, stands with supporters outside the E.N. White School Tuesday night just a couple of hours before polls close in the city. Standing to her right is Ray Hartnett and to Pluta's left is John Sexton. Pluta faces what is expected to be a strong challenge from 22-year-old Alex Morse. (Republican staff photo by Michael Beswick)
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:25 MassLive.com
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MassLive.com: 
From Michael Tautznik's Facebook page:

Just taking a short break and getting some things ready for tonight. Thanks to everyone in Easthampton who has voted and a reminder to the rest of you. This could be one of the most well attended local elections in recent memory. Don't forget to vote!
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:27 MassLive.com
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Twitter
RRizzuto413: 
Nancy of #Northampton said she voted for Narkewicz because he is "closest to the former mayor" & that helped her choose him. #election2011 [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:35 RRizzuto413
6:36
MassLive.com: 
Mike Plaisance has a quick story on Anthony Soto, candidate Ward 2 City Council in Holyoke. http://bit.ly/t97L3S

Soto, of 10 James St., is seeking the seat that Ward 2 Councilor Diosdado Lopez, who has held it since 1991, is vacating. Soto is opposed by Gloria I. Rosado, 164 Sargeant St.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:36 MassLive.com
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Twitter
RRizzuto413: 
Ruth of #Northampton said she voted for Narkewicz because he ran a "cleaner campaign" & seemed "more organized" than Bardsley. #election2011 [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:40 RRizzuto413
6:48
MassLive.com
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:48 
6:50
MassLive.com: 
Holyoke mayoral candidate Alex Morse, left, stops to chat with supporter John A. LaChapelle outside the St. Paul's polls on Appleton Street earlier today. Morse, who won the preliminary election over incumbent Elaine Pluta by one vote, figures to be in a tight race this evening. Holyoke polls close at 8 p.m. (Republican staff photo by John Suchocki)
Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:50 MassLive.com
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Twitter
RRizzuto413: 
Ben of #Northampton says he voted for Bardsley because "change is good" & Narkewicz represents the old Claire-Higgins regime. #election2011 [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:01 RRizzuto413
7:15
MassLive.com: 
A reminder to send in questions. We'll do our best to answer as many as we can tonight. If you have photos send to edit@masslive.com and we'll post.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:15 MassLive.com
7:19
MassLive.com: 
Historical note: In the 2009 Holyoke election, Elaine Pluta won all 14 precincts and 59 percent of the vote, beating Daniel Boyle 4,794 to 3,245.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:19 MassLive.com
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MassLive.com
Agawam mayoral candidate Rosemary Sandlin, left, greets her friend Rose Palazzi at the Phelps school. (Republican photo by Don Treeger)
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:26 
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Twitter
RRizzuto413: 
William of #Northampton says he voted for Narkewicz because he heard Bardsley is a "weak manager" & unresponsive to concerns. #election2011 [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:27 RRizzuto413
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Twitter
spsullivan: 
Headed over to Holyoke Mayor Elaine Pluta's campaign party as the polls close #election2011 #westernma [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:27 spsullivan
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Twitter
RRizzuto413: 
Karen of#Northampton says Narkewicz for mayor & Bill Dwight & Jessie Adams for council were "common sense choices." #election2011 [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:30 RRizzuto413
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Twitter
RRizzuto413: 
Some poll workers in #Northampton say turnout has been relatively low this year, considering a contended mayoral position. #election2011 [via Twitter]
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:32 RRizzuto413
7:39
[Comment From Kevin Kevin : ] 
What time are we expecting Chicopee Results?
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:39 Kevin
7:40
MassLive.com: 
@Kevin, results starting to roll in already - http://www.masslive.com/chicopee/election/
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:40 MassLive.com
7:41
MassLive.com: 
Bissonnette with an early lead of 845-448 over Lefebvre
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:41 MassLive.com
7:41
[Comment From Phil Phil : ] 
How come no results yet from the towns where polls closed at 7?
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:41 Phil
7:42
MassLive.com: 
@Phil, Chicopee results coming in, see link below.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:42 MassLive.com
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