This article, originally headlined “Defeat of Highway Group Is Seen in Record Vote,” from the Burlingame Advance-Star, dated April 14, 1930, announces early returns from the highly contested city council election of that day. The clipping is from the scrapbook of former mayor Allan F. Hunt, a council incumbent who was re-elected to city council in that election.
Title: Defeat of Highway Group Is Seen in Record Vote
Date: April 14, 1930
Accession no.: (included in) 10-416 SCRAPBOOKS
The article reads, in part:
At 2 o’clock this afternoon it was estimated that 1,500 votes had been cast. This, it was claimed by local political observers, was the highest in any municipal election at this hour.
A heavy vote cast early today in the Burlingame municipal election was taken as an indication that the people were aroused over the highway issue and predictions were made that the vote would be the heaviest ever recorded in a strictly local contest.
On every hand it looked like a landslide against the highway machine. Bets being made by interested citizens were all to the disadvantage of the highway group. Volunteer workers for all the candidates were on the job early but the greatest enthusiasm appeared to be manifested by those who were eager to defeat the effort on the part of the highway group to get control of the city government.
At 9:30 today ten per cent of the registered vote had by cast and at 10:30 o’clock 14 percent of those eligible had visited the polls. . . . Last minute cards were circulated by the highway group dodging the highway issue . . . .