Vote People, Not Party

Tuesday Nov. 6 – Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm (NOT 9 pm)
Voting Places:

  • Meadowbrook Inn
  • Charlestown Town Hall
  • Charlestown Ambulance
  • Charlestown Police Station

Beware on Election Day – Vote People NOT Party

On November 6, a straight party ticket choice puts into power the people you LEAST desire. Be careful on election day- please DON’T vote a straight party ticket. Vote for Town Council and Planning Commission candidates INDIVIDUALLY.

CCA Endorsed Candidates:
For Town Council: Ron Areglado, Tom Gentz, Dan Slattery, and George Tremblay

For Planning Commission: Connie Baker, Gordon Foer, Peter Herstein, Jan Knost, and Ruth Platner

Why this is so important:
In 2006, over 400 voters in Charlestown marked a straight party choice for Democrats in Charlestown. They didn’t vote for individual Town Council candidates so 400 straight party Democratic votes went to Jim Mageau that year who was running as a Democrat. The straight party votes put him just over the line to win election.

Charlestown wasn’t the only town to wake up the day after the election with a straight party surprise. The results led many towns to lobby the legislature for an elimination of the straight-party line on the ballot but the bill died in committee. Too many elected legislators fear they will not be re-elected without the accidental votes of the straight party lever. Don’t let your leaders be elected by accident.

Be an engaged voter. Advise your friends and neighbors that the ballot they are marking for President also includes local races that include independents. Encourage everyone you know to vote deliberately for each office and candidate, and not lose their independence by voting with the master lever.