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Hingham voters head to the polls in droves

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 6, 2012 05:30 PM

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Voter turnout in Hingham is expected to exceed 2008's numbers as a steady stream of residents headed to the polls, making decisions on nine races and three or four ballot questions.

According to Patricia Rawl, assistant town clerk, there were about 2,000 absentee ballots, a large number that usually predicts a high turnout for the town.

"Everyone knows this ballot will matter," she said.

As of 4 p.m., 56 percent of the town's registered voters had voted, or 9,515 people. Lines were steady and sometimes long. At 7 a.m. the line was out the door and down the hall.

The polls are open until 8 p.m., and you can check out a sample ballot beforehand right here.

Among the race for president and US Senate, voters will be asked to chose between Stephen Lynch and Joe Selvaggi for House of Representative; John Buckley and Anthony O’Brien for Register of Deeds; Greg Hanley, Daniel Pallotta, and Maryanne Lewis for County Commissioner; Robert Hedlund and Genevieve Davis for State Senator; and James Murphy and Robert Thomas for State Representative.

The two other local races – for Clerk of Courts and Councilor, are uncontested.

Voters will also be asked to make decisions in three or four main areas.

The first asks voters to force car manufacturers to release diagnostic and repair information, usually sent to manufacturer’s dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities, to owners, allowing for more wide-spread repair abilities.

2012-11-06_12-17-48_39.jpgQuestion 2 allows physicians to prescribe a terminally ill patient medication that would end that patient’s life.

Question 3 would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana for qualifying patients.

Question 4, which is non-binding and will not be on Precinct 2’s ballot, would call for a resolution for Congress and the president to prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Benefits as well as create new jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, and transportation.

It also calls for the federal government to provide new revenues by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000. The question also calls for a redirection of military spending by reducing the military budget.

To view a sample ballot, click here.

To find where to vote, click here.

To view a list of all polling places, click here.

To follow the election on Twitter, follow @jessmayb3 or @YourTownHingham for updates throughout the day. #mavote

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