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    Deadline to register before Newton, Waltham elections

    Residents of Waltham and Newton intending to cast ballots in their cities’ local municipal elections have until Oct. 18 to register to vote.

    Both cities will hold their local elections on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

    In Waltham, all six councilor-at-large seats are open, with six incumbents seeking reelection against five challengers.


    There are also two-way contested races in eight of the city’s nine ward councilor positions.

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    The exception is in Ward 6, where Councilor Robert J. Waddick is seeking reelection unopposed.

    The only City Council seat without an incumbent running is in Ward 5, where two challengers are vying to replace current Ward 5 Councilor Gary J. Marchese, who is not seeking another term.

    Four candidates are running for three open seats in Waltham’s School Committee race, including three incumbents.

    In Newton, the ballot will ask voters to pick a new mayor and approve a charter that would shrink the City Council from 24 members to 12 and eliminate ward-only voting for councilors.


    There are contested races for at-large city councilors representing Wards 1, 2, 3, and 5, who are elected by a citywide vote.

    On the ballot, four candidates are running for two open seats in Ward 1, while in Wards 2, 3, and 5, three candidates are up for two open seats in each ward. Incumbents are seeking reelection in each at-large race.

    In contested ward councilor races for Wards 1 and 6, each race pits two candidates for one open seat, according to the ballot. An incumbent is seeking reelection in Ward 6.

    Ward councilor seats are elected only by residents of the ward each councilor represents.

    For Newton’s School Committee, there are two-way contested races for open seats representing Wards 1, 2, 3, and 8, according to the ballot. Each is elected by a citywide vote.

    John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.