Tracey Armstrong and Joan Sullivan just announced to the crowd gathered at the Cove Community Center that the override had been defeated.
The numbers were not close, with 6,686 voting NO, and only 3,846 voting YES. In percentage terms that translates to a 37% t0 63% margin. Pretty much a landslide. Every precinct in the city voted NO.
Tracy and Joan spoke eloquently tonight about how we've changed Beverly for the better — we created a civil dialogue about important issues where none existed before. We hope to get a copy of their speech to post soon, because we couldn't do it justice at this point.
Here are the final vote totals by precinct:
- W1P1: Yes: 196; No: 521
- W1P2: Yes: 251; No: 761
- W2P1: Yes: 145; No: 353
- W2P2: Yes: 283; No: 360
- W3P1: Yes: 124; No: 324
- W3P2: Yes: 309; No: 526
- W4P1: Yes: 486; No: 559
- W4P2: Yes: 520; No: 623
- W5P1: Yes: 351; No: 645
- W5P2: Yes: 319; No: 643
- W6P1: Yes: 379; No: 537
- W6P2: Yes: 483; No: 834
Here are the initial writeups from the News and Citizen.
UPDATE: If you have the stomach for it, the Citizen posted some new numbers this afternoon on class sizes, free & reduced population, and new deficit with the current 5-school plan. The numbers seem most alarming for Hannah, which sees its free & reduced population soar to 34.92%.