About our election day coverage

Published: 11/1/2020 2:26:22 PM
Modified: 11/1/2020 2:26:18 PM

We want to give our readers a heads-up about our coverage of the Nov. 3 election.

The big-ticket item for this election, of course, is the presidential race between Donald J. Trump, the Republican who is seeking a second term, and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Most candidates on our local ballots are running unopposed, but there is a race for U.S. Senate — incumbent Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Kevin O’Connor — and for those living in the 2nd Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Tracy Lovvorn.

Incumbent Susannah Whipps, an Independent who is seeking a fourth term to represent the 2nd Franklin District; her opponent is Democrat Will LaRose. Steve Hall, a Republican, is running against two-term incumbent Anne Gobi, a Democrat whose district includes communities in Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex counties.

Plus there are statewide ballot questions to consider, including Question 1 on “right to repair” and Question 2 on ranked-choice voting. Greenfield voters will decide whether to adopt the Community Preservation Act, plus two questions that if passed, would give residents of the 1st Franklin District the opportunity to support stronger legislation to work toward 100 percent renewable energy, and encourage transparency of legislative committee votes.

Due to press deadlines for the Greenfield Recorder and Athol Daily News, it is unlikely we will able to print the results of the presidential race and perhaps the other races mentioned above. Polls close at 8 p.m. and the results will not be available immediately.

Reporters Dom Poli and Zack DeLuca will be in the newsroom that night, collecting voting tallies from area town clerks. During the day, reporters Anita Fritz, Mary Byrne and Max Marcus will be out and about on election day interviewing voters. On Wednesday, our reporting team will handle second-day stories.

Coverage will be available on primary election night on our websites: recorder.com and atholdailynews.com. This content will be free that night.

Finally, readers who have a print subscription are entitled to a free online subscription. If you have not activated your online account, go to recorder.com or atholdailynews.com, or call 413-586-1925.

— Joan Livingston, Editor-in-Chief

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