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June 27, 2013

Cape Ann turnouts higher than state averages

While voters throughout Cape Ann communities turned out split between Congressman now U.S. senator-elect Ed Markey, a Democrat, and his Republican adversary, Gabriel Gomez in their special election Tuesday, Manchester voters also backed a pair of Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion overrides as well.

The first question, which asked voters to exceed the tax limit by roughly $160,000 to cover the cost of repairing the sewer outfall pipe in Manchester Harbor, passed with 1,077 votes in favor and 387 opposed. The repairs had been made from the harborside by using a barge earlier this year.

The second question, which asked voters to exclude $510,000 in debt costs from the Proposition 2 1/2 limits to repair the Singing Beach seawall and other damage done by storms throughout the past spring and winter, passed by a similar count, 1,053-411. Other places around town heavily damaged by the storms included Ocean Street, White Beach, Black Beach and Tucks Point.

Of Manchester’s 3,930 registered voters, 1,495 of them cast their ballots. That’s a turnout of 39 percent, one of the highest on Cape Ann and among the highest in the state on a day when low turnouts prevailed.

In the Senate election, Manchester voters backed Gomez Markey by a count of 804-727. The results mean that, while Markey won by an overall percentage of roughly 55-45 percent, Gomez took both Manchester and Essex while Markey claimed Gloucester and Rockport on Cape Ann.

Essex also had a higher turnout than other commonwealth communities, as 945 registered voters cast their ballots at the Essex Memorial Fire station Tuesday. The town has nearly 2,500 voters and, with a turnout of about 37 percent, the town also backed Gomez in the Senate race.

The former Navy seal and Cohasset businessman received 525 votes in Essex compared to Markey’s 417 votes, according to preliminary results.

Rockport too, had a relatively high turnout, although the town largely supported Markey.

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