With six days left until the Aug. 14 Democratic primary that features the State Senate war between incumbent Ed Gomes, Ernie Newton and State Rep. Andres Ayala, the Town Clerk’s Office has received about 500 absentee ballots from roughly 1300 applications to vote by AB. Elections officials are bracing for a last-minute dump as campaign operatives urge their identified voters to mail in the ballots. Unless, of course, operatives assist voters in mailing them, which is illegal. (They wouldn’t do that, would they?)
Most of the absentee ballot action is coming from the Ayala and Newton camps. Elections officials have picked off a number of duplicate applications which generally means the respective campaign camps are going after the same people to vote by absentee ballot. Lots of luck. The Gomes campaign has filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission in the hope state elections officials try to skunk out the absentee ballot action. Lots of luck.
Primaries are all about identifying friends and dragging them to the polls. All three campaign camps say they’ve identified enough votes to win. The larger question is who has the best turnout operation?