Vineyard voters head to the polls on Tuesday to weigh in on races at the federal, state and local level, some of which are hotly contested. Islanders have requested absentee ballots in unusually high numbers, town clerks said this week. Polls are open fro 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in every town.
Candidates running for nine open seats on the Martha's Vineyard Commission reflect a wide range of priorities for the Island's regional planning and review agency, but only two are newcomers. All the candidates acknowledge the need for better public understanding of the commission's role in the community.
Greater transparency, expanded human services and more state funding are among the goals shared by candidates running for the Dukes County commission. Eight people are running to fill seven seats on the board next Tuesday. Four appear on the ballot, while four are running as write-ins.