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"Insane" turnout for voting in Scituate

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 6, 2012 02:39 PM

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IMG_1778.jpgView pictures from Election Day in Scituate here.

Polls were busy Tuesday morning in Scituate, as residents made their way to the Scituate High School gymnasium to vote on nine races and three ballot questions.

By 10 a.m., 2,489 people, or 18.06 percent of the registered voters in town, had come out to vote.

According to Town Clerk Kathy Curran, the pace should be at that level all day. "It's insane," she said. "Very busy. We expect a large turnout today."

Although some people were frustrated with the long lines, which were out the door at 7 a.m. and creeping out the gym doors at 10 a.m., most people had been patient, she said.

And besides a few minor snags, overall things were going smoothly.

The town is expecting to pass the 87 percent turnout from the 2008 presidential election, and there were dozens upon dozens of voters casting their opinion in absentee ballots.

"The voters are a part of history. This is the biggest turnout Scituate has seen, especially in this decade," she said.

Lines of cars were also weaving through the parking lot, which has one way in and out.

Bernice Brown, the old town clerk who retired last year, stood by after casting her vote and appreciated the election from afar for the first time in 12 years.

"Felt a little strange at first, then I thought, 'Oh, maybe I like this,'" Brown said.

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; Robert Hedlund and Genevieve Davis for State Senator; James Cantwell and Stephen Coulter for State Representative, John Buckley and Anthony O’Brien for Register of Deeds; and Greg Hanley, Daniel Pallotta, and Maryanne Lewis for County Commissioner.

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

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

The questions are varied in nature, yet 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.

Question 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.

To view a sample ballot, click here.

For more information on Election Day, click here.

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

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