Voters head to the polls today


It’s election day in three Island towns. Voters in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and West Tisbury go to the polls.

In Edgartown, voters will decide the controversial question of whether to add fluoride to the water. The town’s board of health voted to add fluoride, prompting a controversy over the decision and the process used to issue that order. The town’s water commission opposes the move. Ultimately, a petition was circulated to bring the fluoride issue to a townwide vote being held today. Edgartown voters will also decide whether to return incumbent selectman Arthur Smadbeck to office or his challenger Gail Gardner.

There are five other questions on the Edgartown ballot as well, all having to do with money.

  • Question 1: $400,000 for resurfacing town streets
  • Question 2: $350,000 for sidewalks, bike paths, and drainage
  • Question 3: $225,000 for a street sweeper
  • Question 4: $1.2 million for Katama Airfield hangar
  • Question 5: $3.7 million for various wastewater projects

Polls are open from 10 am to 7 pm at Edgartown Town Hall.

In Oak Bluffs, voters have a choice between three men for two seats on the board of selectmen. Incumbent Greg Coogan is facing a challenge from Jason Balboni and Rich Michelson. There is also a Proposition 2½ override on the ballot for $275,000 that was approved by town meeting two nights ago. Those funds are needed to balance the town’s budget.

Polls in Oak Bluffs are open from 10 am to 7 pm at the town library.

There are no contested races on the West Tisbury ballot, but voters there will decide whether to fund a $400,000 Proposition 2½ override. Again, the money would not go to a single town department, but is being used to balance the town’s operating expenses in FY19. Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm at the town’s public safety building.

The Times will post results of the elections when they are available.