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Election 2016 in Needham

Congratulations Needham Voters for Making Democracy Work® for Election 2016!

Early Voting
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and local Leagues were active players in the "Election Modernization Coalition," which advocated for, and got, the early voting program for this and future biennial state elections, held in November of even-numbered years. The Election Modernization law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014.

This 2016 election gave Massachusetts voters their first opportunity to Early Vote, and the response was overwhelming in Needham.

Pie chart of Needham voting
Needham Voter Participation November 8, 2016

Early Voting in Needham
During the 10 days of Early Voting in Needham (October 24 - November 4, with one evening and one Saturday):

  • Nearly half (10,026, 45%)of all 22,140 registered Needham voters had cast their ballots
    - 8,334 (37.6%) through Early Voting
    - 1,692 (7.6%) through Absentee Voting
  • Most popular days
    - November 4 (last day, Friday 9-5, 1,288 votes cast)
    - October 29 (Saturday 9-5, 1,028 votes)
    - October 25 (Tuesday 9-5 and 7-9, 917 votes)
  • Longest line
    - The evening hours of October 25

Needham Election Day Turnout, November 8, 7 am to 8 pm

  • 8,432 (38%) of all 22,140 registered voters cast their ballots on Election Day

Grand Total Needham Voters in the 2016 Election

  • 18,458 (83%) of all 22,140 registered voters cast their ballots

For the results of the election by precinct, see the Town Clerk's webpage.

Needham voter turnout in 2014 and 2012

November 8, 2014: 13,411 (66%) (Governor and state offices, ballot questions)
November 6, 2012: 17,419 (85%) (President and state offices, ballot questions)

Sources: Needham Times and Needham Town Report 2015 and 2013.

Needham VOTES 2016

Needham Votes 2016 logo

Click on the image above to see everything the LWV-Needham did this fall, including links to six Public Service Announcements reminding residents of the importance of voting.