Attleboro-Seekonk Election Guide
There's plenty on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election.
As we look ahead to the Nov. 6 election, Attleboro-Seekonk Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every person and question on the ballot. Make sure to bookmark this page for updates.
- Polling locations: Attleboro voting takes place at six locations. Plug in your address here to find out where you should vote. All Seekonk voting takes place at Seekonk High School.
- Absentee ballots: Go here for the Seekonk application and here for the Attleboro application.
- Last day to register: Wednesday, Oct. 17.
- State Representative, 2nd Bristol District (includes Attleboro's Wards 1, 2, 3A, 4, 5 and 6) - Republican incumbent George Ross faces Democratic challenger Paul Heroux.
- State Representative, 4th Bristol District (includes Seekonk) - Republican incumbent Steven Howitt faces Democratic challenger A. Keith Carreiro.
- State Senate, Bristol and Norfolk (includes Seekonk and Attleboro's Wards 3B, 4, 5 and 6) - Democratic incumbent James Timilty faces Republican Jeff Bailey.
- State Represetnative, 14th Bristol District (includes Attleboro's Ward 3B) - Republican incumbent Betty Poirier faces no challenger.
- State Senate, Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex - Republican incumbent Richard Ross faces no challenger.
- Governor's Council, 2nd District - Democrat Robert J. Jubinville and Republican Earl H. Sholley compete for an open seat.
- U.S. Congress - 4th District - As one of the region's political hot spots, Attleboro and Seekonk are focal points for this year's race to determine who will fill the seat being vacated by longtime Rep. Barney Frank. Democrat Joe Kennedy III will face Norfolk Republican Sean Bielat. Independent David A. Rosa is also on the ballot.
- U.S. Senate - Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who surprised many so-called experts to win the special election in 2010 following the death of Ted Kennedy, faces Democratic Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren.
- U.S. President - We're hoping you already know at least a little bit about this one. In addition to President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, the ballot includes Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green-Rainbow Jill Stein.
- Bristol County Commission (vote for two) - Incumbents Paul B. Kitchen (D-Fairhaven) John R. Mitchell (D-Fall River) as well as challenger Paul J. Levasseur (I-Acushnet) compete for two seats.
- Bristol Superior Court Clerk - Democratic incumbent Mark J. Santos of Fairhaven faces no challenger.
- Register of Deeds, Northern Bristol County - Democratic incumbent Barry J. Amaral of Taunton faces no challenger.
- Bristol County Treasurer - Democratic incumbent Chirstopher J. Saunders faces no challenger.
Question 1: Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information: If approved, this measure would require all car manufacturers to provide—on an equitable fair-market value subscription basis—all diagnostic and repair information for model years beginning in 2015 to owners or an owner's designated in-state independent repair facility (not affiliated with a manufacturer or its authorized dealers). The measure would also make available for purchase, information for model years 2002 through 2014.
Question 2: Prescribing Medication to End Life: If approved, this measure "would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient's request, to end that patient's life." The act would require that patients are mentally capable of making this decision and orally communicate it to a doctor on two occasions 15 days apart. Participation by a doctor or health care facility would be voluntary.
Question 3: Medical Use of Marijuana: This law "would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients." It would also allow patients to possess a 60-day supply of marijuana and would establish at least one in each county but no more than 35 "treatment centers" throughout the state in 2013.