By Julie McCay Turner
Bedford was up early this morning, well before the sun rose at 6:27 am. Election workers were in place well before six am, Bedford voters waited in line for the polls to open starting at 5:40, partisans set up a candidate table for State Rep Ken Gordon using flashlights while members of the Middle School Parents Association hoisted heavy coffee pots and unpacked homemade baked goods for their traditional Election Day bake sale.
Early voters cast 3,210 ballots according to Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay, and election workers are ready for the balance of Bedford’s registered voters (more than 7,000 of them) who are eligible to come to the polls before they close at 8 pm this evening.
Among the earliest voters, #16 to be precise, Bob White had an easy morning: He’s typically on his way to the Longwood Medical Area by 5:30 am. Anne Collins, former chair of Bedford’s Republican Town Committee noted that for the first time in years she was headed to her office instead of back to the parking lot to promote candidates.
A bit later in the morning, but still before 7 am, Selectman chair Mike Rosenberg greeted Bedford Police Officer Jeffrey French and the two reminisced about their shared Little League history. Officer French played on Rosenberg’s team.
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The Middle School Parents Association did a brisk business in coffee and sweet treats, with Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam (aka Jennifer Sainsbury Buckley and Michael Buckley) pointing voters to the MSPA booth. Thanks to a challenge posted on Facebook, the Buckleys came to the polls in their costumes to raise funds for Friends for Matty, a Bedford-based nonprofit organization that raises funds for families with children with cancer.
The Citizen will cover the election throughout the day with articles, posts to Facebook and to Twitter (#bedfordMAvotes). And check back late tonight for Bedford’s unofficial, and later the official, vote totals.
Editor’s Note: All four of Bedford’s precincts vote at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Avenue. Maps will be available to help voters determine their correct precinct. Polls are open through 8 pm today.